India protests Pakistan’s summons to its deputy high commissioner over LoC firing

Alleged firing by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal sectors is said to have killed two civilians.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 17:41 IST
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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers standing guard during a night patrol near the fence at the India-Pakistan International Border at the outpost of Akhnoor sector, about 40 km from Jammu, on Sunday, October 2, 2016. (HT File Photo)

Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad on Saturday over alleged firing along the Line of Control that killed two persons and injured three others.

The Indian High Commission said that India had lodged strong protest with Pakistan over the death of two Indian civilians in the ceasefire violations by its troops. The High Commission told Pakitan that there had been 223 ceasefire violations and around 50 infiltration bids this year alone.

Earlier, Pakistan accused India of violating the ceasefire along the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in which two persons were killed and three others injured, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said in a statement.

Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned over the alleged firing by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal sectors, the statement said.

The firing allegedly resulted in killing two civilians, including a woman. Three other people were injured.

The Foreign Office said that Director-General (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces”.

“The Director-General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC,” the Foreign Office said.

Meanwhile, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that “Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to Indian unprovoked firing”.

The latest clashes erupted on the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani who was killed in Kashmir last year.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 16:25 IST