Again Indian firing at AJK

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

India today summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and conveyed "grave concerns" at the continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces.

Tensions escalated along LoC Saturday as a soldier and three civilians were killed in cross-border firing by the Indian and Pakistani armies, officials from the two countries said.

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".

During the meeting, he was told that Pakistan should adhere to the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding for maintaining peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control and the International Boundary.

The latest wave of violence this week has left at least 21 dead, including soldiers, suspected militants and civilians on both sides of the heavily-militarised border that divides the disputed Himalayan region.

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Yesterday, Singh was summoned after two women died in the alleged unprovoked ceasefire violations.

In a statement, Pakistan's military accused Indian troops of initiating fire from across the border and targeting Pakistani villages along Kashmir, killing two civilians and wounding five others in the latest "unprovoked" cease-fire violation.

The FO condemned the ceasefire violations by the Indian troops. Pakistan had, however, strongly rejected the claim.

This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1,900 ceasefire violations, Faisal said.

Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown since 1989.

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