India has dismissed the reports emerging from Pakistan regarding an attack on United Nations vehicle at the Line of Control (LoC) and called them ‘factually incorrect and baseless’. The Pakistani military’s media arm and Foreign Office had both claimed that a vehicle carrying two officers of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was “specifically targeted” by Indian troops from across the LoC.
The UN is investigating the incident where their vehicle was hit by an ‘unidentified object’. No one was harmed in this incident but a vehicle sustained some damage. India maintains that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, established in January 1949, has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Shimla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the LoC. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi alleged the Indian government was orchestrating the attack to divert attention from domestic troubles facing India and urged the international community to intervene to prevent New Delhi from destabilizing the region. India has not immediately responded to the charges.