The tension between India and Pakistan has continued to rise in recent time as Pakistani government has demanded an explanation from the Indian Charges d’Affaires over what it called ‘deliberate targeting’ of a UN vehicle in Kashmir, according to an announcement published by Pakistan’s foreign ministry on Saturday.
Pakistani authorities had previously accused India of shooting at a vehicle that was carrying two UN observers. The observers were said to be travelling through the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir to meet with the victims of a prior Indian violation of the ceasefire agreement.
According to the DPA news agency, the announcement claimed that the two UN employees were rescued by the Pakistani army, and that they also escaped the incident unscathed.
The statement called the attack ‘unambiguously premeditated’ due to the distinctive markings of the UN vehicle.
‘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,’ the official statement read.
The Twitter account for the spokesperson of Pakistan’s armed forces published a tweet showing the damage done to the UN vehicles.
Furthermore, the tweet accused the Indian Army of carrying out ‘unprovoked fire’ in the Chirikot sector of the
‘Line of Control’ (LoC) — a de facto border between the two countries which divides up the region of Kashmir.
‘Indian troops deliberately targeted a United Nations vehicle with 2 Military Observers on board,’ the spokesperson added.
It will be noted that tensions have increased between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in the wake of India’s recent decision to repeal the autonomous status of the part of Kashmir which it controls. ‘This year alone, India has committed 2,992 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 27 deaths and serious injuries to 249 innocent civilians, including 92 women and 68 children,’ the Pakistani foreign office told the press on Friday.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK