Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Pakistan today summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria over “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces along the Line of Control ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to occupied Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow.
The 330-megawatt project on the Kishanganga River in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Bandipora district is all set to be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19.
In a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Friday, Pakistan said despite several rounds of bilateral negotiations as well mediations under the auspices of the World Bank, India continued with the construction of the project.
“This intransigence on part of India clearly threatens the sanctity of the Treaty.”
Pakistan reiterated that as the custodian of the treaty, the World Bank must urge India to address Pakistan’s reservations on the project.
On Friday, Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that the acting foreign secretary summoned the Indian envoy and “condemned” the firing incidents today in Pukhlian, Cahprar, Harpal, Charwah and Shakargarh sectors.
Pakistan informed the Indian envoy that the “unprovoked ceasefire violations had killed four members of a family” in village Khanoor while 10 other people were injured.
The FO claimed the firing by the Indian side was still going on.
Pakistan said the Indian envoy was informed that the “deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws”.
“The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the FO said.
Pakistan also said that Indian forces along the LoC and the IB are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons. It alleged that in 2018, Indian forces have carried out more than 1,050 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the border resulting in the deaths of 28 civilians, while injuring 117 others.
Pakistan urged India to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the international border.
It also urged India to permit the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per UN Security Council resolutions.