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Woman among 6 martyred in India shelling across LoC

SIALKOT/ISLAMABAD: India’s border forces resorted to heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) leaving at least six civilians including a woman dead and 11 others wounded in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday evening.
While Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian envoy and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC on February 26, which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.Civilians are being ruthlessly targeted by Indian forces without any provocation while Sialkot sector on the LoC between Pakistan and India has turned into a massive battlefield with casualties being reported from both sides.The four deaths reported by local newspaper came as a result of intense and indiscriminate shelling which began at about 5:30pm simultaneously in Kotli, Bhimber and Poonch districts of the AJK.
At least five civilians including three of the same family were killed in Nakiyal Sector after the Indian troops opened unprovoked firing at the residential areas along with the LoC.Deputy Director of international think tank ICTC F Jeffery earlier revealed the breaking news quoting Pakistani security sources in a tweet on Tuesday.
The security expert tweeted that Indian forces including all Indian bases in Jammu Kashmir were currently on high alert in anticipation of a possible Pakistani strike.Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on February 26, in Nikial and Khuiratta sectors which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.
The civilians martyred included Mottia Bibi, Ms Zarina, Gulfaraz and Ms Shehnaz.According to a Foreign Office statement, Director General (SA & Saarc) Dr Mohammad asked the Indian envoy that India should respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate the incidents of violations, instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB).
The Director General (SA & Saarc) demanded that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.According to the statement, the Indian forces along the LoC and the WB were continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.
This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India was continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 violations, it added.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 statement maintained.SIALKOT/ISLAMABAD: India’s border forces resorted to heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) leaving at least six civilians including a woman dead and 11 others wounded in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday evening.
While Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian envoy and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC on February 26, which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.
Civilians are being ruthlessly targeted by Indian forces without any provocation while Sialkot sector on the LoC between Pakistan and India has turned into a massive battlefield with casualties being reported from both sides.
The four deaths reported by local newspaper came as a result of intense and indiscriminate shelling which began at about 5:30pm simultaneously in Kotli, Bhimber and Poonch districts of the AJK.At least five civilians including three of the same family were killed in Nakiyal Sector after the Indian troops opened unprovoked firing at the residential areas along with the LoC.
Deputy Director of international think tank ICTC F Jeffery earlier revealed the breaking news quoting Pakistani security sources in a tweet on Tuesday.The security expert tweeted that Indian forces including all Indian bases in Jammu Kashmir were currently on high alert in anticipation of a possible Pakistani strike.
Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on February 26, in Nikial and Khuiratta sectors which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.The civilians martyred included Mottia Bibi, Ms Zarina, Gulfaraz and Ms Shehnaz.
According to a Foreign Office statement, Director General (SA & Saarc) Dr Mohammad asked the Indian envoy that India should respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate the incidents of violations, instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB).The Director General (SA & Saarc) demanded that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
According to the statement, the Indian forces along the LoC and the WB were continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India was continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 violations, it added.“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 statement maintained.

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Pakistan meets UN target of female participation in peacekeeping operations: FO

ISLAMABAD : Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi the United Nations (UN) that Islamabad has enhanced the participation of women in UN peacekeeping operations, the Foreign Office (FO) has said in a statement.
Speaking at the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN,  Lodhi, said that, Pakistan is proud to have achieved the goal of deployment of 15 per cent female staff officers in its missions.
.Lodhi was referring to the fact that in less than 18 months, Pakistan has gone from zero participation of female military staff officers in peacekeeping operations to the UN prescribed benchmark of 15 per cent, the statement added.Based on the Security Council’s call in 2015 to double its female deployment in the uniform component, the UN’s Office of Military Affairs set the target of deploying 15 per cent female military and staff officers in peacekeeping missions by December 2018.
.The Pakistani envoy further informed the UN Committee that Pakistan was deploying an engagement team consisting of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2019.Ambassador Lodhi said that as a leading troop contributor as well as a host state, Pakistan would continue to support efforts to strengthen peacekeeping.
. “Our faith in this indispensable tool for the maintenance of international peace and security is firm and abiding,” she added.The Pakistani envoy also referred to United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and said that Pakistan had always supported the mission in the implementation of its mandate.
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She said that UNMOGIP had an important role to play in the maintenance of peace and security in a volatile neighborhood and called for its strengthening and expansion to make it more effective.The Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, also known as C-34, is an annual forum where key stakeholders deliberate on issues of peacekeeping, and evolve policies to address emerging challenges.
.“This Committee”, Ambassador Lodhi said, “must play its role in norm building and policy formation, and enable peacekeepers to meet the high expectations that we all have of them”.UNGA president due in Pakistan next weekThe Pakistani envoy stressed that the safety and security of peacekeepers remained urgent as threats faced by them have increased due to complex and evolving conflicts.
.“Deployment decisions”, she said, “have to be based on consultations, preparation and knowledge of the ground situation”.Ambassador Lodhi also said that troop-contributing countries possessed practical on-ground and in mission experience which made their suggestions critical during mandate formulation, renewal and review stages.
.Calling for increased representation of major troop-contributing countries at leadership levels in the field and at headquarters, Ambassador Lodhi said that such a step would bring more field-based perspective in decisions related to peacekeeping operations.
Ambassador Lodhi also touched upon the issue of financing peacekeeping operations and criticized calls for cutting costs.
.Peacekeeping, she maintained, is already a cost-effective undertaking which draws strength from the collective political will of the international community. “We must, therefore, pool our best human resources, and ensure adequate financial and material resources for the success of this enterprise”, she added.
.“Achieving more with less is not sustainable”. “It is time we start enabling our peacekeepers to live up to the ideals that we claim to be committed to”, she added.
.UN credibility depends on success of peacekeeping operations: MaleehaStressing the need to preserve the fundamentals of peacekeeping, Ambassador Lodhi said that the legitimacy and credibility enjoyed by UN peacekeeping operations was based on the commitment to uphold these principles.Blurring the lines, she underscored, was fraught with risk as it would impact the UN’s neutrality and credibility.

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