Pakistan summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner over ceasefire violations
Pakistan on Thursday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad over fresh ceasefire violations on the Line of Control, that it said has left one Pakistani civilian dead and two others injured.
The Foreign Office said in a statement that Director General Mohammad Faisal (South Asia and Saarc Desk), summoned Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh and condemned the "unprovoked" ceasefire violation by Indian forces on the intervening night of May 10 and 11 in Tandar, Subzkot, Khuiratta, Baroh, Bagsar, Khanjar sectors.
It said the alleged Indian firing killed a civilian while three others, including a woman, were injured.
The Indian envoy was conveyed that "deliberate" targeting of civilians was condemnable and contrary to international human rights and laws.
"The Director General (SA & SAARC), Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, J P Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces on the night of 10th and 11th May," it said.
The Foreign Office said the "deliberate targeting" of civilians is contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.
"The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire understanding; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC," it said.
The Indian side was urged to respect the 2003 Ceasefire and probe the incident and maintain peace on the LoC.
An official at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said Singh conveyed to Faisal that the "cross-border firing was initiated by Pakistani troops to give cover to terrorists" and "Indian troops responded only in self-defence."
"We have noticed increased movement of terrorists along the LoC," the official quoted Singh as saying.
India and Pakistan often trade fire along the LoC, resulting in deaths and injuries on either side of the border.
The intensity has increased in recent months as tensions have run high between the two sides on a number of issues, most recently over the death sentence given to an Indian national on spying charges by Pakistani military court.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced by a Field General Court Martial to death. But the trial and the sentencing of Jadhav was carried out under utter secrecy and Pakistan has refused India consular access for at least 16 times.
Tensions escalated after two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated in unprovoked firing by Pakistan on May 1 on the LoC.
Last week, India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and demanded action against Pakistani soldiers and commanders responsible for the beheading of the two security force personnel.