India summons Pak envoy over row

  • Jayanth Jacob, None, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2014 00:11 IST

India summoned Pakistan deputy commissioner in New Delhi on Tuesday to lodge a strong protest over the ceasefire violation. India, in fact, has taken up with Pakistan the ceasefire violation more than once in the past week as part of the “diplomatic initiatives” to end the impasse.

According to sources, Pakistan deputy high commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan was summoned to south block and the envoy was told that “unprovoked firing from across the border that also continues to target civilians” must stop.

However, Pakistan maintains that it was India who started the provocation—a charge rejected by the Indian authorities.

Sources told HT that more than once, the issue of ceasefire violation was taken up with Pakistan through diplomatic channel and lodging the protest with the deputy high commissioner was last in “a series of steps” to address the issue.

Pakistan on Monday had called in India’s deputy high commissioner JP Singh to lodge a protest over the ceasefire violation by India. Islamabad then raised the pitch further by lodging a protest with the UN Military Observer Group (UNMOGIP) over what it termed as India’s “aggression.” However India maintains the UN observer group has outlived its utility and all bilateral issues should be discussed under the bilateral framework of Simla agreement and Lahore declaration.

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