Pakistan summons Indian envoy over casualties in cross-border firing


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad and condemned what it says are fresh cease-fire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the disputed Kashmir region.
The LOC has been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed countries since Pakistan separated from India after gaining independence from the British in 1947. Their forces have exchanged gunfire across the line for years and fought three all-out wars.

In his meeting with High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal condemned India’s fresh use of force, saying it had resulted in the death of three people on the Pakistani side this month.
According to the foreign office, a 15-year old boy, Tahir Hafeez, was killed and his nine-year-old sister was seriously wounded as a result of “Indian forces firing” in Rakhchikri Sector along the LoC on May 2. On May 5, a woman and a 12-year-old boy were killed and another woman was wounded in firing from across the border in Hotspring and Kotkotera sectors along the LoC, the FO said.
“Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws,” the statement added.
Faisal urged the Indian side to respect a 2003 cease-fire, investigate these and other incidents of cease-fire violations, instruct Indian forces to respect the cease-fire in letter and spirit and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary.