Pakistan lodges protest with India over civilian casualties on LoC


Islamabad, July 9 (TNS): Pakistan on Sunday again summoned India envoy to protest over civilian casualties near LoC due to unprovoked shelling which is ceasefire violation.

Indian troops heavily shelled different areas of AJK from across the LoC on Saturday, leaving at least five civilians dead and 10 others wounded.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry also summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh on Saturday.

The bloodbath coincided with the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen’s young commander Burhan Wani.

On Sunday, Director General (DG) of South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations.

“Indian attempts to deflect international attention from the worsening situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir due to its repressive measures by heating up the LoC shall fail,” an FO press release stated.

Pakistan urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement in letter and spirit, investigate the incident and maintain peace along the border.

The FO in its statement categorically rejected what it said were “the standard Indian allegations of infiltration across the LoC”.