Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Pakistan again summons Indian deputy HC to protest LoC ceasefire violations

Pakistan again summons Indian deputy HC to protest LoC ceasefire violations

For the last 56 hours Pakistan has violated ceasefire nine times in different sectors along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

The Director General (South Asia) handed the Indian diplomat a letter of protest and condemned Indian forces for targetting residential areas by. Army sources said Pakistan again resorted to "unprovoked firing" along the LoC on Thursday morning.

Ceasefire violations at the restive Line of Control (LoC) continued on Thursday, claiming the life of an elderly man in Kotli district, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), local officials said.

Pakistan's army said it returned fire after coming under attack, causing "substantial" damage to Indian military posts. "It is a worrisome situation as interior areas are being targeted", the deputy commissioner said.

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According to a statement issued yesterday by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistani Armys media wing, Indian troops initiated "unprovoked firing" in Bhimber Sector along the LoC.

He said during the visit, both sides expressed the desire to work together to pursue the common objective of stabilizing Afghanistan. Though no ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops was reported along the IB since January 22, intermittent shelling has taken place along the LoC.

As stated explicitly by the army chief, General Bipin Rawat, the Indian Army has made a decision to adopt a proactive stance on the LoC to target the posts of the Pakistan army which have been acting as launch-pads for infiltrating militants.

Hours later Pakistani army extended the shelling to new areas, including Nowshera, Kalal and Sunderbani along the LoC in Rajouri district.

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