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Pakistan Summons Indian Envoy Over Ceasefire Violations Along LoC

India responded by saying that firing was initiated by Pakistani troops and Indian forces only responded appropriately

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Updated:July 8, 2017, 5:02 PM IST
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Pakistan Summons Indian Envoy Over Ceasefire Violations Along LoC
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Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad over alleged firing along the Line of Control that killed two persons and injured three others.

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 J P 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. Pakistan’s 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.

In response, India told the Pakistan DG that the ceasefire violations were initiated by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Krishnaghati sectors and the Indian forces only responded appropriately. A strong protest was also lodged over the death of two Indian civilians in Saturday’s ceasefire violations.

Further, a serious concerns over attacks on civilian areas, increased movement of terrorists and infiltration attempts across LOC were conveyed to Pakistan. They were also informed that there have been more than 223 ceasefire violations and around 50 infiltration attempts by terrorist from Pakistani side this year alone.

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.

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| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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