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Pakistan lodged strong protest with India over the ceasefire violations

17 September, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday lodged a strong protest with India over the ceasefire violations and urged Indian government to observe the 2003 Ceasefire Arrangement.

A Pakistani soldier was killed when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, while a civilian sustained injures in Rawalakot area after India’s Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned by the director general (South Asia & SAARC) and a protest was lodged over the latest unprovoked ceasefire violations by India along LoC.

While condemning the blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement by India, Pakistan expressed concerns over the continuous unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian side along LoC and targeting of the civilian areas. Pakistan also urged the Indian government to halt immediately the ceasefire violations and observe the 2003 Ceasefire Arrangement for restoration of peace and tranquillity at the LoC and the Working Boundary.

“Deputy Indian High commissioner JP Singh was called by the Foreign Office to lodge protest against the LoC violations over the past two days, which resulted into the killing of one Pakistani soldier and injured a civilian,” official sources said. Pakistan urged India to independently hold an inquiry into the latest violations and share its findings with Pakistan. Foreign Office also asked India not to target civilian populations along the LOC.

The latest bout of border skirmish follows a bi-annual meeting between commanders of Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Security Force, in which the two sides had agreed to stop border violations along the LoC, check smuggling and ensure expeditious repatriation of those who inadvertently cross borders.

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