Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 20
Pakistan sought to up the ante on the alleged attack by India on a vehicle of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) along the Line of Control (LoC) even as the Ministry of External Affairs denied such an incident had taken place.
Pakistan wrote to the UN Secretary General (UNSG) stating that “deliberate targeting” of a clearly marked UN vehicle with its distinctive blue flag appears to be a “new, coercive and reckless ploy by India” to hinder UNMOGIP’s work.
In response to media queries on the allegations, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Pakistan’s allegations about deliberate targeting of a UN vehicle on December 18 were investigated in detail and found to be “factually incorrect and false”.
“Our forward troops were aware of the visit of UN Military Observers in the area and did not conduct any firing as alleged,” he added.
Instead of repeating baseless and fabricated allegations against India to cover up its own failure in ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel in territory under its control, Pakistan should responsibly investigate its lapses. India has conveyed its findings and views on these misrepresentations to the Pakistani side, stated Srivastava.
Pakistan has alleged that Indian ceasefire violations this year led to 276 casualties, including 92 women and 68 children.