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A viral video from India shows a mass protest in India over deaths due to a LoC cross border duel. In the video, a protestor can be seen haranguing the Indian media over its indifference to deaths caused in Indian border regions as opposed to deaths in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The video cuts to another bereaved protestor weeping over the death of a loved one. The weeping protestor at once starts bitterly criticizing Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi and uses expletives over his role in increasing hostility between India and Pakistan.
He stressed that it was Modi’s warmongering that was leading to difficulties on the Indian Side of the border. These are the latest incident of attacks across the LoC. In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 1050 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the deaths of 28 innocent civilians, while injuring 117 others. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Pakistan has maintained that India must respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two neighboring countries and maintain peace on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary. Pakistan has also urged that the Indian side should permit the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
Ceasefire violations are a frequent feature along the Line of Control (LoC) despite the leadership of Pakistan Rangers and India’s Border Security Forces agreeing in November 2017 that the “spirit” of a 2003 ceasefire agreement must be revived to protect innocent lives. Indian ceasefire violations have come in many forms. The most common have been artillery barrages which have been indiscriminately used against both Pakistani military targets and civilians.
Some horrifying examples of targeted Indian attacks against civilians were the attack on a school bus carrying children on 15th December 2016, which led to the death of the driver and injury of at least 10 children. It appears that the Indian civilians are paying the price for the belligerent attitude of the New Delhi government. This is a reality that is not lost on those who dwell along the Indo-Pakistan border.