Today, the United Nations just confirmed that Indian army did hit a vehicle belonging to UN military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) near Rawalakot on the Pakistani side of Line of Control (LoC). Though the object which hit the vehicle hasn’t been identified yet.
“Mission is currently investigating the incident,” UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told during the briefing in New York.
He also told that the incident occurred when military observers were conducting routine monitoring activities.
On December 18, Indian troops fired at a United Nations vehicle on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC) as they violated the ceasefire without any provocation.
While ISPR also issued a statement regarding the statement in which it told that Indian troops deliberately targetd UN vehicle. “At 1045 hrs, on 18 Dec, 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 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.
“It must be noted that the UN vehicles are clearly recognisable even from long distances due to their distinct make and type and clearly visible markings,” the ISPR said.
The vehicle was damaged in the Indian fire, but the two UN military observers travelling in it luckily remained unharmed. They were safely rescued and evacuated by Pakistan Army to Rawalakot.
“Such illegal and unlawful acts, against all established international norms, signify mal-intent of [the] Indian army to target not only innocent civilians residing along the Line of Control but UN peacekeepers as well,” the military said.
The Foreign Office condemned the incident and said India must follow the 2003 ceasefire understanding in letter and spirit.