Pakistan summons Indian envoy over LoC violation


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Wednesday to lodge a protest against unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC), said a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO).

Indian forces had opened fire in the Nakyal sector of the LoC on Wednesday which killed a civilian and injured four others.

The Indian diplomat was handed a letter protesting the firing across the LoC, with Pakistan also protesting Indian atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir

The FO added that the deliberate targeting of civilians by Indian forces was unacceptable and India was violating human rights by committing such acts.

The Indian side was also urged to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations and instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.

India has violated the ceasefire 873 times in 2017, which has killed 40 people and injured 148 others.

The Pakistan Army responded effectively after the incident and inflicted casualties and heavy losses on the Indian posts from where the firing originated.

The army said the Indian forces deliberately targetted the civil population with heavy weapons, including mortars and anti-tank guided missiles.