Pakistan on Friday summoned the Indian envoy to protest against firing on the border in Jammu and Kashmir after six people died and 46 others were injured in shelling.
The Foreign Office called in High Commissioner TCA Raghavan and lodged a “strong protest over unprovoked Indian firing” on the international border, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
Six people were killed and 46 others, including 22 women, wounded in shelling by the Indian side, the report said.
According to the Pakistani military’s media arm, Indian troops resorted to shelling in Sialkot, Chaprar and Harpal sectors. “Pakistani security forces responded befittingly to the Indian firing,” the report said.
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Pakistan’s minister for Kashmir affairs Barjees Tahir condemned the firing from the Indian side. In a statement, he said Pakistan will not budge an inch from its “principled stand on Kashmir”.
Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, too condemned the firing and expressed grief at the loss of lives.
Indian officials said three people died and 17 more were injured in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector along the international border early on Friday.
The exchange of fire came at a time when India is observing the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan. Tensions between the two countries have spiked since the collapse of a planned meeting of the national security advisers (NSAs) amid intense acrimony.
There have also been a string of terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir during which two Pakistani militants were captured.