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Islamabad summons New Delhi high commissioner over ceasefire violations

Islamabad: The foreign office on Monday summoned New Delhi’s High Commissioner JP Singh to register its protest over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

Director General (DG) South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal handed over a communique to Indian envoy.

Foreign office lodged protest over the death of elderly woman of 60 years, who became the victim of Indian troops’ unprovoked firing along LoC, in a village of Thandi Kassi, Pallandri, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

Pakistan also condemned other incidents of cross border firing which injured several, including 14 years’ girl and a minor boy in Balakot village.

Dr. Faisal asked Indian authorities to stop firing along LoC and fulfill their obligations regarding ceasefire agreement.

Both sides accuse each other of violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement along the LoC. The tension has risen greatly and firing incidents have been reported frequently after Uri attack which killed 19 Indian soldiers.

Routinely, India first accused Pakistan for the attack and later claimed to have carried out surgical strikes along the Line of Control in which two Pakistani soldiers were martyred. However, it remained unsuccessful to provide evidence of the ‘strike.’

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa termed ceasefire violations an Indian attempt to distract focus from war against terrorism.