UN rejects Pak claim that Indian troops fired at its observers near LoC

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The United Nations has rejected Pakistani army’s claim that Indian troops fired at a vehicle carrying UN military observers near the Line of Control.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ representative Stephane Dujarric said there was no confirmation that a vehicle of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, UNMOGIP, was focused by the Indian Army along the LoC close to the Khanjar area.

Conversing with correspondents Mr Dujarric stated, UNMOGIP military eyewitnesses joined by Pakistani Army escorts heard shots in Bhimber area in Pakistan-directed Kashmir. He stated, no UN military onlooker was harmed in the occurrence.

In an announcement, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, the Inter-Services Public Relations, ISPR, had said that a vehicle conveying two officers of the UN military onlooker aggregate went under assault by Indian troops amid a visit to the LoC.

The Pakistan Army had asserted the vehicle was conveying UNMOGIP officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia.

As indicated by the UN Security Council order of 1971, UNMOGIP watches and gives an account of truce infringement along and over the LoC and the Working Boundary amongst India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.

India has kept up that UNMOGIP has outlasted its utility and is immaterial after the Simla Agreement and the ensuing foundation of the Line of Control.

The observer group is headed by Major Gen Per Lodin of Sweden. It currently has 38 military observers and 73 civilian personnel.

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