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Last Updated: August 16, 2015, 15:31 IST

India summons Pakistan High Commissioner over continuous ceasefire violation

Pakistan opened fire and resorted to shelling in the Balakote area of Poonch district continued through Saturday.

New Delhi: With no end to ceasefire violation from the neighbouring country, India on Sunday summoned the Pakistani High Commissioner. Six people have died and 16 others have been injured due to Pakistan's unprovoked firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) with India in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan opened fire and resorted to shelling in the Balakote area of Poonch district continued through Saturday even as India celebrated its 69th Independence Day.

The Pakistan Army began shelling on Saturday morning in civilian areas in Mendhar, Saujiyan and Mandi sectors of the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district resulting in heavy civilian casualty.

The offensive came even as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent his greetings to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday, saying promoting friendly ties between the two neighbours was in mutual interest ahead of the talks between their National Security Advisors (NSA) scheduled in New Delhi on August 23.

There have been 32 violations of the 2003 ceasefire accord in 2015 till August 15 and this is the seventh consecutive day that Pakistani troops have shelled Indian posts along the LoC in Jammu region, an Army official said.

There were four ceasefire violations in three sectors of Krishnagati, Bhimbhergali and Pallanwala in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts on the intervening night of August 12-13.

In July, there were 19 ceasefire violations in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Pakistan violated the ceasefire 192 times along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir till July 26, government had told Lok Sabha.

first published:August 16, 2015, 15:22 IST
last updated:August 16, 2015, 15:31 IST