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India violates LoC truce during UN men`s visit

By Tariq Naqash 2017-05-25
MUZAFFARABAD: In a fresh ceasefire violation, Indian forces on Wednesday resorted to firing at a time when a two-member United Nations team was on a visit to the Khanjar (Baghsar) sector of AJK`s southernmost Bhimber district.

The vehicle was carrying Maj Emmanuel from the Philippines and Maj Mirko from Croatia of the UNMilitary Observer Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip) when the Indian troops opened hre at around 2pm.

The incident drew conflicting reports from the Inter-Services Public Relations, the media affairs wing of Pakistan military, and the UN associate spokesman.

`The Indian [army] post committed ceasefire violation, targeting Unmogip vehicle moving along the LoCinKhanjar sector,`the ISPR said in a statement.

It pointed out that the UN vehicle was attacked even though it was carrying the blue Unmogip flag as per the standard procedure. Both ofhcers remained unhurt, it added.

However, the UN spokesman was quoted by APP as saying said that the observers visiting areas along the Line of Control (LoC) heard gunshots `in theirvisit vicinity` but no one was injured.

`This af ternoon in Bhimber District, in Pakistanadministered Kashmir, Unmogip military observers accompanied by Pakistani army escorts heard gunshots in their vicinity. There is no evidence that the Unmogip military observers were targeted by the gunfire. No UN military observer was injured,` Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq said in response to a question.