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Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat Over Kashmir Shelling

by AFP
Sajjad Qayyum—AFP

Sajjad Qayyum—AFP

Islamabad also urged New Delhi to observe the 2003 ceasefire, according to Foreign Ministry statement.

Pakistan on Wednesday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to protest ceasefire violations and the killing of a civilian from Kashmir in cross-border shelling in the disputed Himalayan region.

The civilian was killed in shelling by Indian troops near the Harpal sector of the Line of Control (LoC), the Pakistan foreign ministry said in a statement.

The statement gave no details on when the man was killed and Pakistan has reported several civilian deaths in Kashmir, which has seen an uptick in violence in recent weeks.

“Indian security forces also resorted to unprovoked firing in Jandrot, Nikhial and Karela Sectors of the LoC, as a result of which one more civilian embraced shahadat and four others were injured,” the statement added.

The Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned and Pakistan conveyed its concern over the ceasefire violations, the statement said. “Pakistan urged India to immediately stop the violations and observe the 2003 ceasefire understanding.”

For its part, India on Sunday summoned Pakistan’s envoy in New Delhi to protest against the weekend killing of at least half a dozen civilians in border firings.

On Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the neighbors to show restraint following the recent escalation of violence.

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