FO summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations for third straight day

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

The Foreign Office once again summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner on Sunday to protest the repeated ceasefire violations by India along the border and killing of civilians in cross-border firing.

In a statement, the military said Pakistani troops Thursday responded to Indian fire on villages in the Sialkot district near the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

A foreign ministry statement said the Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned to lodge "strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control and Working Boundary". The MEA stated that such deliberate actions were against all established humanitarian norms and practices.

Mr Shah was summoned by the joint secretary in the Pakistan division.

Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash, officials in the two countries said, as each blamed the other for initiating the violence.

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Faisal said that the ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

Mohammad Faisal conveyed to Singh that the Indian forces were "continuously engaged in indiscriminate and unprovoked firing with heavy mortars and automatic weapons on the civilian populated villages, since the last two days".

He also said that Pakistan violates the ceasefire as a cover to infiltrate terrorists across the border into India. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the previous year when the Indian troops committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations.

The contentious frontier also includes a 740-kilometer (460-mile) rugged and mountainous stretch called the Line of Control that is guarded by the armies of India and Pakistan.

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