Pakistan summons Indian envoy over border firing

Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior Indian envoy and conveyed serious concerns over the ” violations of a ceasefire agreement by the Indian forces,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistan says the Indian troops fired on its border areas on Monday and killed a civilian along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

“The Foreign Office summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner this afternoon to raise this concern which has resulted in the loss of an innocent civilian life in Rawalakot (in Kashmir),” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Pakistan expressed its serious concern over the continuous ceasefire violations by Indian border security force (BSF) across the LoC over the past couple of days, it said.

Pakistan and India reached ceasefire in 2003 and there had been a calm along the LoC. However both sides accused each other of violation following escalations in January this year.

“Pakistan calls upon India to uphold the ceasefire over the LoC and reiterates its commitment to the ceasefire agreement of 2003, which should be respected in letter and spirit,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistan also urged the need for abiding by and strengthening existing military mechanisms to ensure that such violations do not recur.

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