Pakistan takes up Indian attack on UNMOGIP with UN, demands transparent probe

Pakistan has taken up the December 18 reprehensible attack by India, on the officials of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and their vehicle along the Line of Control (LoC), with the United Nations (UN), urging it to initiate a transparent investigation into the incident.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Sunday, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram was stated to have written a letter to the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres and the president of the Security Council.

The letter states that, “Deliberate targeting of the UN Observers and their vehicle – which was clearly marked with UN logo and flying a blue flag of the UN – appears to be a new coercive and reckless ploy by India to hinder UNMOGIP’s work, and facilitate another Indian military misadventure against Pakistan.”

The Indian Charge d’Affaires was also summoned at the foreign ministry on Saturday to register a strong protest against the incident.

“Pakistan had credible information that the RSS-BJP [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Bharatiya Janata Party] government was planning to stage a ‘false flag’ attack to divert attention from its domestic difficulties and create [a] justification for another misadventure against Pakistan. If that were to happen, Pakistan will exercise its right to self-defence, the letter warns,” the letter further maintained.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN further requested the UN to forcefully condemn the attack on the UNMOGIP observers and call on India to observe the 2003 ceasefire understanding.

“The UN must respond positively and urgently to repeated calls by Pakistan to strengthen UNMOGIP and improve its ability to observe and report on ceasefire violations,” the letter contends.

Pakistan also reminded the UN that the illegal and inhuman military siege and communications lockdown by the Indian government in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) had now lasted for over 500 days.

Highlighting the atrocities and crimes committed by Indian occupying forces against the innocent Kashmiris since August 2019, UN had been forewarned that India’s ultimate plan ‘is to change the demographic structure of IIOJK from a Muslim majority area into a Hindu majority territory’.

While drawing attention to the deteriorating situation along the LoC, Pakistan’s communication recalls that India had committed over 3,000 unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary this year alone, primarily targeting the civilian populated areas, resulting in 276 casualties to 92 women and 68 children, out of them 27 embraced martyrdom.

The attack

On December 18, the Indian Army resorted to unprovoked fire in Chirikot Sector of [the] LoC. [The] Indian troops deliberately targeted a United Nations vehicle with two military observers on board,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The UN military observers were en route to Polas village in Chirikot sector to interact with villagers affected by unabated ceasefire violations (CFV) by India, it added

A day later, the UN confirmed that a vehicle belonging to the UNMOGIP was hit by an “unidentified object” near Rawalakot on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC).

Speaking at the regular briefing in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said the incident occurred when military observers were conducting routine monitoring activities.

“Mission is currently investigating the incident,” he further added.

(This story has been published from The Express Tribune feed, without modifications to the text)