Pakistan urges UN to investigate truce violation on India border
Iran Press TV
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:18PM
Pakistan has called for the United Nations peacekeeping force stationed on its border with India to investigate recent ceasefire violations in the region.
The Pakistani army said on Friday it has called on the UN military observers to probe firing and shelling by Indian forces in Jamu and Kashmir region, which has claimed four lives this week.
The Pakistan army said in a statement that it had informed the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) about India's ceasefire violations and asked the monitoring group to investigate the incidents.
The Pakistani army said it had 'highlighted the Indians' use of heavy mortars and machine guns on (the) civil population' living in the disputed region.
The army also claimed that five civilians have been wounded in Indian firing and shelling of the area over the past two days.
Meanwhile, Pakistan also claimed it had shot down an Indian 'spy drone' in the disputed area and summoned the Indian envoy to Islamabad in protest.
For its part, India denied the drone allegations and said New Delhi had registered its own complaints to the UN over the death of one of its civilians who was killed during gunfire near the border in Jammu's Akhnoor sector on July 15.
Ceasefire violations are regularly reported from both sides.
Tensions between the two nuclear rivals have been high in recent days following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Russia in what foreign relations experts viewed as a sign of a thaw in relations between the two BRICS heavy weights.
On July 10, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invited Modi to visit Pakistan next year and the two leaders spoke for about an hour while visiting Russia for the regional summit of the BRICS.
Modi, who has established himself as a self-determined nationalist, seems to have accepted Sharif's invitation, and the promised visit will be the first time Modi will have traveled to Pakistan in the capacity of the Indian prime minister.
Since 1947, when Pakistan and India became independent, Islamabad and New Delhi have fought three wars. UNMOGIP was originally set up in 1949 to supervise the ceasefire in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The dispute goes on until today and both countries, which control part of Kashmir, claim rights over the territory in full.
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