UNMOGIP team visits Pakistani villages hit by Indian shelling

Published October 15, 2014
UNMOGIP team visiting the working boundary near Sialkot. Villagers briefing the UN observers team about damage to civil property.— Photo courtesy of ISPR website
UNMOGIP team visiting the working boundary near Sialkot. Villagers briefing the UN observers team about damage to civil property.— Photo courtesy of ISPR website
UNMOGIP team visited CMH Sialkot today and met injured civilian who were wounded on working boundary.— Photo courtesy of ISPR website
UNMOGIP team visited CMH Sialkot today and met injured civilian who were wounded on working boundary.— Photo courtesy of ISPR website

RAWALPINDI: A team of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan visited on Monday and Tuesday the villages which have been hit by Indian firing in Charwah, Chaprar and Pukhlian sectors on the working boundary near Sialkot.

One civilian was killed and four others were wounded in Nakial sector in the Kotli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir due to shelling from the Indian side, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The UN observers team met with villagers, witnessed and gathered first-hand account of damage caused to human lives and property during the recent exchange of fire on the working boundary between India and Pakistan.

At least a dozen Pakistani citizens have lost their lives during cross border shelling, out of which 11 died on the working boundary, while one was killed at the Line of Control (LoC).

Moreover, 64 civilians have been wounded.

Day to day lives of civil population along working boundary has been badly affected on both sides and almost all people have fled their homes and taken refuge in the safest places nearby.

The observer's team also visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot and met with injured civilians.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan on 9th October lodged a strong protest with the UN over shelling on the working boundary and the LoC and offered the UNMOGIP team to visit the areas to have a first-hand account of hostilities.

Pakistan fully utilises the office of UNMOGIP which is in place on both sides along the Line of Control and working boundary to investigate such incidents or violations by either side as per UN resolution.

UNMOGIP observers are also offered full access in Pakistan to investigate and bring the facts in front of the world.

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