Pakistan military claims India attacked UN officers, world body says no evidence
IndiaToday.in | Edited by Ganesh Kumar Radha Udayakumar
New Delhi, May 25, 2017
After the Pakistan military's media wing claimed two officers of a UN military observer group had come under attack by Indian troops during a visit to the Line of Control, a UN spokesperson said there was no evidence to suggest that this was true.
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General, has denied that a vehicle carrying two officers of a UN military observer group came under attack by Indian troops during a visit to the Line of Control, as claimed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
ISPR is the Pakistan military's media wing.
"This afternoon in Bhimber District in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, UNMOGIP military observers accompanied by Pakistani army escorts heard gunshots," Dujarric said. "There is no evidence that the UNMOGIP military observers were targeted by the gunfire."
"No UN military observer was injured," he added.
In a statement, ISPR had said the vehicle was carrying United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia.
"Both officers are safe. They got off the vehicle and moved away before later returning to their location," the Express Tribune reported, quoting the military s statement.
PAKISTAN ARMY'S PROTEST
On May 17, Pakistan Army had lodged a protest with the UN military observers against "unprovoked" Indian firing on civilians from across the Line of Control.
According to the Security Council mandate of 1971, UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.
India has maintained that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control (LoC).