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Pakistan lodges protest with India over ‘ceasefire violations’

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday lodged protest with India over the latest “unprovoked ceasefire violations” that killed at least three people and injured several others at the Working Boundary.

Security officials earlier said that the Indian border forces shelled Pakistani border area in Shakargarh sector in Punjab province over the past few days.

“The Indian Deputy High Commissioner, JP Singh, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by India during the nights of October 23-25 at Shakargarh and Zafarwal Sectors of the Working Boundary,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“As a result of latest ceasefire violations by the Indian Border Security Forces, three civilians, including a teenage girl, embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and 23 others got injured,” a statement said.

Guns had relatively been silent since Pakistan and India declared a ceasefire in 2003 along the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. However, border troops on both sides occasionally trade fire.

An escalation has been seen in recent months that caused casualties on both sides. Both accuse each other of violations.

Last month border officials of both countries in their talks in New Delhi last month agreed to implement the ceasefire.

“The government of Pakistan stressed upon India to stop forthwith the ceasefire violations and respect the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement for restoration of peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary,” the statement said.

Indian officials also reported “firing by Pakistani forces”.

(IANS)

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India takes Humanity to another Level and Releases 11 Pakistani Prisoners

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rehabilitation of 11 Pakistani prisoners
The rehabilitation of 11 Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan indicates India’s sky scrapping opinions about humanitarianism. VOA
  • The release gain significance as it occurred just a day after a meeting of Indian PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Astana at SCO summit
  • This is the first India’s kind gesture towards Pakistan after the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case
  • Each year, many Indian and Pakistani citizens are captured along the border

New Delhi, June 12, 2017: Amidst the high India-Pakistan tensions, India has released 11 Pakistani prisoners on June 12, who had served out their sentences and were sent to Pakistan through the Attari- Wagah border.

Despite the fact that Pakistan has been continuously violating ceasefire along the LoC, this rehabilitation of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan indicates India’s sky scrapping opinions about humanitarianism.

India and Pakistan ties have always been like that of two contraries. In January, India suffered a devastating attack in Pathankot on its air force base. It blamed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a Pakistan-based militant group led by Maulana Masood Azhar for it. All the chaos was put on a halt in August 2015.

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Corresponding to Pakistan’s allegation against former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav of being involved in seditious and spying activities, India requested the ICJ for a stay on the execution. However, the tensions between both the countries augmented when the ICJ gave its verdict in India’s favour, mentioned ANI report.

Previously on March 1, India had freed 39 Pakistani prisoners as a gesture of retaliation as Pakistan too released India’s 218 prisoners.According to the list which was handed over to the Indian government on 1 January 2015, there were 476 fishermen and 50 civil servants who were imprisoned by the Pakistan custody.

This list of the people captured of one nation by the other was exchanged through diplomatic channels in January 2015. The exchange of the list took place in Islamabad and New Delhi after mutual consent on an ‘Agreement on Consular Access between India and Pakistan’ in 2008.

This agreement includes regular meeting of both the parties in which they reflect on the matters of the repatriation of all prisoners and providing them with consular access.
Apart from this, Indian Government continuously has been monitoring the status of all captured Indians in Pakistani jails.

Also, a committee, ‘India-Pakistan Judicial Committee on Prisoners’ has been constituted comprising of the retired and experienced judges belonging to the higher strata of the judiciary structure of both countries. They will ensure the proper carrying out of all the activities such as release of prisoners and humane treatment, and thus, maintaining the very humanitarian essence in the conduct.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram. Twitter: @himanshi1104

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Fishermen caught inbetween the India-Pakistan rivalry

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Karachi, Pakistan: In Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, every day a group of fishermen go out into the waters where they are more likely to come across their best catch. Unfortunately, they also end up getting caught in the rivalry between India and Pakistan.

This water body, where they sail in daily, lies between the borders of two fierce South-Asian rivals, India and Pakistan.

The fishermen, lacking any physical boundary or proper markings to guide them, often cross to the other side of the border. It is known that recently, the governments have been providing them with the GPS navigational systems. Still there are more than hundred fishermen living their days inside the jails at any given time. The hostile relationship between the two countries has complicated the process of their release, further.

One of the Indian fishermen, who got released after spending almost 9 months in the custody, tells that he is very happy as he is finally going to see his family after such a long gap. Though, he adds, that he wants to request the Indian government to take an immediate action to acknowledge the rights of his Pakistani counterparts as well.

It will not be even considered as surprising to say that spending a few months in the custody is quite a normal phenomenon for the fishermen clans, on both the sides.

The term spent in the jails, can actually be extended without any prior warning. For instance, on the Pakistani side, Hazarat’s son has been in the Indian custody for almost three years. Her son left, when he was only 15, on a fishing expedition against Hazarat’s wishes. The mother has not seen the face of her son since.

Though, both the governments struck a deal last year, permitting the release of the fishermen within two weeks, Hazarat is yet to see her son’s arrival. (The news is brought to you by NewsGram in association with VOA)

 

 

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NRI crashes SUV into Attari gates, held

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Attari (Punjab)/ Islamabad: In a major security breach, an NRI crashed his SUV into the security gates at the Attari joint check post (JCP) early on Monday and reached the zero line at the international border between India and Pakistan.

Non-Resident Indian Surinder Singh Kang was taken into custody by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel after he rammed his sport utility vehicle into the first gate around 3.30 a.m. and then drove to the next gate, about 800 metres ahead towards the international border. He then crashed his vehicle into the second gate.

The vehicle stopped near the Pakistani gate at the border.

Kang was questioned by security agencies and later handed over to Indian police. The NRI was booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other charges.

The NRI, aged around 50, holds Canadian citizenship and belongs to Nakodar area of Jalandhar district.

“All gates were closed at that time. It is a serious security breach that he managed to reach up to the zero line. The incident is being investigated,” a BSF officer posted in the area told IANS.

Dawn online quoted Pakistani security sources as saying that Pakistan Rangers had written to the BSF authorities to seek an inquiry into the incident.

The report also quoted witnesses as saying that the gate at Attari on the Indian side was “badly damaged” due to the crash while the Wagah gate on Pakistan side was partially damaged.

The SUV was confiscated by Pakistani officials after it entered Pakistani territory, it said.

Another report, however, said that seized vehicle was later returned on the request of BSF authorities.

The Attari-Wagah JCP is located around 30 km from the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.

(IANS)