ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Monday to lodge a strong protest against the recent ‘unprovoked ceasefire violations’ by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nakial sector (Kotli).
The Foreign Office in a statement released on Monday, said that it has asked the Indian government to investigate the incident and share the probe findings with Pakistan.
“The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was called in by the Director General (South Asia and SAARC) at the Foreign Office to lodge a protest against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on August 15 and 16 by Indian troops at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kotli,” said FO Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah.
“The Indian firing resulted in the martyrdom of three civilians, Shafi Khan, 55, Shahpal Khan, 56, and Sara Khatoon, wife of Mohammad Ashraf,” he said, adding that “15 civilians were also injured as a result of the Indian fire”.
The spokesman added that the Indian envoy was conveyed that the Indian side must investigate the incident and share the findings of the investigations with Pakistan.
The FO also asked India to “instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire in true letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.”
“Pakistan notes with regret and deep concern that during the last two months, so far, there have been 70 ceasefire violations from the Indian side of the LoC and the working boundary,” the Indian envoy was told.
Meanwhile, a meeting between the national security advisers of the two countries is scheduled for August 23 and 24 in New Delhi.
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