Pakistan lodges protest against ceasefire violations

Islamabad, Oct 26 (IANS) Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest against “unprovoked” ceasefire violations by Indian forces, which led to the deaths of two civilians and injuries to nine others.

This was the third such protest lodged within a week.

The director general (South Asia and Saarc), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to lodge a protest against ceasefire violations by Indian forces on October 25-26 across the International Border “in the Chaprar and Harpal sectors, and across the Line of Control in the Bhimber sector”, a Foreign Office (FO) statement said.

It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace on the Working Boundary and the LoC, the FO statement said.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations said five civilians were injured by Indian fire on Wednesday in the Sialkot sector.