ISLAMABAD: DG South Asia and SAARC Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri summoned Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia at the Foreign Office and lodged protest at the ceasefire violations in Kotkotera and Karela sectors, killing a young civilian.
DG maintaining that India could not divert attention from the worsening human rights violations, taking place in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir said that the unprovoked firing was a threat to regional peace in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding.
He called upon India to respect the Ceasefire Understanding, investigate incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. DG also urged India to allow the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UNSC Resolutions.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Pak Army giving befitting response to cease fire violations by India
22nd of December, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor took to the Twitter to state that Pakistan Army was giving a befitting response to the intermittent cease fire violations by Indian Army along the Line of Control.
“Intermittent CFVs by Indian Army continue along LOC, being befittingly responded. In response to CFV in Dewa Sector reports of damage to Indian posts and heavy casualties to Indian soldiers. No major exchange of fire in Kiran or Neelum valley as being propagated by Indian Media,” he maintained.
ISPR says Indian Army Chief’s statement is meant to divert attention from CAA protests
ISLAMABAD: Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor has taken to the twitter to hold that the statement by Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat was an effort, as usual, to divert world attention from widespread protests” over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
It may be recalled that Indian Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat had recently warned that situation at the restive Line of Control (LoC) could escalate any time: “We (Indian army) have to be prepared for the spiraling of the escalatory matrix!”
In his Tweet Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor wrote: “Provocative statements and preparations for escalation along LoC by Indian COAS appear to be an effort, as usual, to divert world attention from widespread protests in India against CAB. Pakistan Armed Forces shall befittingly respond to any Indian misadventure or aggression.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Rawat’s statement came two days after a teenage boy was killed (and a couple of civilians were injured) due to shelling by Indian troops on two sectors along the LoC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
India is currently facing widespread protests after ruling BHP passed the controversial CAA saying that the Act was meant to marginalize the Muslim Community. The Act makes it easier for non-Muslims from the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who settled in India prior to 2015 to gain Indian citizenship.
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 that was earlier called Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed by the Indian Parliament on 11th day of December, 2019.
According to details the CAA 2019 amends the Citizenship Act of 1955. It enables religious minorities (Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian) from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The act was the first time when religion had been used to gauge who could become Indian citizen.