Pakistan summons Indian deputy high commissioner over LoC firing

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to lodge a protest over Indian firing at the Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan conveyed its serious concern on the continued violations of the ceasefire across the Line of Control by the Indian army over the past few weeks and the escalation of tensions which is counterproductive and detrimental for stability and peace in the region.

Earlier on Tuesday night, a captain of Pakistan army was killed and a soldier wounded after an exchange of fire across the de facto border with India, the Pakistani military said.

In a statement, the Pakistan army said that Captain Sarfraz was killed “due to Indian troops’ unprovoked shelling at Shakma sector on line of control.”

According to the statement, another soldier was also seriously injured when Indian forces opened fire at Shakma sector near the town of Skardu on Tuesday night at 11:15pm local time.

Pakistani troops responded to the firing and exchange of fire continued for several hours after midnight, said the sources.

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in tensions between the two South Asian neighbouring countries, with several soldiers killed on both sides of the border, which either side declares to be unilateral violations of a 2003 ceasefire by the other country.