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Pakistan summons Indian diplomat, protests death of civilian in LoC firing

world Updated: Dec 16, 2016 13:56 IST
HT Correspondent
LoC firing

File photo of troopers of the Border Security Force preparing for a night patrol in Akhnoor sector, about 48 km from Jammu. (AP)

Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad on Friday to protest against the death of a man in what it said was “unprovoked ceasefire violations” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

The Foreign Office condemned the targeting of a school van in Nikial sector of the LoC that it said resulted in the death of a civilian and injuries to four children. Media reports said the dead man was the driver of the vehicle.

There was no immediate word on the incident from the Indian side. The Indian Army earlier said it had responded to firing from the Pakistani side.

The director general (South Asia), Mohammad Faisal, summoned India’s deputy high commissioner JP Singh to protest against the incident. Faisal said the “targeting of civilians, villages and civilian transport and a school van is condemnable and contrary to human dignity”, according to a statement from the Foreign Office.

Faisal said the Indian side should respect the 2003 ceasefire along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir and investigate Friday’s incident as well as other incidents of ceasefire violations.

Indian forces should “respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, stop targeting the villages and civilians and maintain peace on the LoC”, he added.

The two sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce on the LoC following a flare-up in tensions after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in July and a string of terror attacks on Indian military facilities in Kashmir.

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