Pakistan lodges strong protest with India over its deliberate targeting of UN observers
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the deliberate targeting of observers belonging to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), ARY News reported.
In a statement, FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that the UN observers were on their way to Polas village in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to meet with the victims of the Indian ceasefire violations in Chirikot Sector of the Line of Control (LOC).
He maintained that both the observers present in the vehicle thankfully remained unharmed and were safely rescued and evacuated to Rawalakot by the Pakistan Army.
However, their vehicle sustained damage. The attack was unambiguously premeditated as UN vehicles are clearly recognizable even from long distances due to their distinctive marking and blue flag, he added.
The deliberate targeting of a UN vehicle, engaged in discharging the mandate of the UN Security Council, constitutes a grave violation of India’s obligations, under the Council’s resolutions and the UN Charter, which includes the obligation to ensure the safety and security of the UNMOGIP Observers, read the statement.
It appears to be a new coercive and reckless Indian ploy to hinder the observers’ work, the spokesperson said, adding that it was communicated to the Indian side that the brazen act was a flagrant violation of established international norms and represented a complete disregard for principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter.
It was also conveyed that the reprehensible act also represented a new low in the conduct of Indian occupation forces which target not only innocent civilians residing along the Line of Control but United Nations Observers as well, he added.
Hafeez Chaudhri said that the Indian side was called upon to desist from such blatant violations of international law; respect the 2003 ceasefire understanding between India and Pakistan, and let the UNMOGIP perform its role mandated by the UN Security Council.