Pakistan urges India to show restraint; condemns LoC deaths

Published October 6, 2014
— Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam
— Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday lodged a strong protest with the government of India through diplomatic channels and called upon India to restrain its forces from “constant violation of the ceasefire”.

"This was the sixth violation, occurring on a daily basis since October 1… Indian Forces violated [the ceasefire] from Akhnur, Dawar, Gulmerg, Jammu, Dawar and lastly, from Charwah Sectors," spokesperson for the Foreign Office Tasneem Aslam said in a statement.

Aslam said Pakistan strongly condemns the Indian Security Forces’ unprovoked firing, which violated the ceasefire at the working boundary at the Charwah sector today.

"The firing started at midnight and continued till morning. The Indian violation in complete disregard of the sacred occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, caused shahadat of four innocent citizens and injuries to three others," the spokesperson said.

She added that two children and a woman in the village Dharmala as well as one 60-year-old man in Tulsipur were among the casualties while two civilians in Dharmala and a child in village Harpal were injured.

"It is deeply saddening that Indian Security Forces’ act of aggression deprived a number of families from celebrating Eid," she said.

" The government of Pakistan offers its condolences to the bereaved families and the victims. Our heart goes out to the affected families," the spokesperson added.

Read more: India, Pakistan skirmish at LoC kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.

An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on Monday said that Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to “unprovoked firing” along the working boundary in Sialkot as a result of which four people were killed whereas five others sustained injuries

Indian authorities alleged, however, that Pakistani forces shelled the village of Arnia about three km (two miles) from the border in the early hours of Monday, killing five and wounding at least two dozen civilians.

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