Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violation in PoK

  • AFP, Islamabad
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2015 18:23 IST
A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier patrols the fenced border with Pakistan against the backdrop of a Pakistani tower in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu. (Reuters File Photo)

Pakistan has summoned a senior Indian diplomat in protest ceasefire violations in the Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) region that killed three civilians including a teenage girl, the country’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The civilians were killed in shelling last week by Indian troops in the Shakargarh and Zafarwal sectors of the Working Boundary, bordering Indian-administered Kashmir.

“The Indian deputy high commissioner, JP Singh, was summoned to the ministry of foreign affairs... to protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by India during the nights of 23rd, 24th and 25th October,” foreign office spokesperson Qazi M Khalilullah said in a statement.

He said that as a result of the firing, “three civilians including a teenage girl, embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and 23 others (were) injured”.

The latest development comes amid worsening relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars -- two of them over Kashmir.

Since 1989 several rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces deployed in the region, seeking independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

A border ceasefire agreed in 2003 has largely held, with occasional violations reported from both sides.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

The foreign office statement said it had also informed the Indian diplomat of a “threatening phone call” made from New Delhi late last Friday to the provincial governor’s house in the southern port city of Karachi.

Local media had reported that the anonymous caller threatened to detonate explosives on the property.

“Details of the call were also shared with him,” Khalilullah said, adding that India was asked to investigate but without giving further details.

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