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Pakistan lodges protest with India over killing of civilian in cross-border firing

Pakistan today lodged a protest with India over the death of a civilian due to firing across the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 20, 2016 19:25 IST ]
Pakistan lodges protest with India over killing of civilian in cross-border firi

Pakistan today lodged a protest with India over the death of a civilian due to firing across the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday.

According to a report in ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s Foreign Office summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and demanded an investigation into the incident.

The report quoted Pakistan’s Foreign Office as saying that Indian forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC twice on Wednesday, resulting in the death of one civilian Abdul Rehman, 28, and injuries to 12 others, including women and children.

"The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned by the FO's director general (South Asia and Saarc), and "a strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on 19-20 Oct, 2016, by the Indian occupation forces at the LoC in Karela sector," the FO said.

"It was conveyed that the Indian side must investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan. India must instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages, and maintain peace and stability on the LoC," it added. 

According to the report, Pakistan also handed a demarche to representatives of the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) protesting against the Indian Army's targeting of Pakistani civilians across the LoC.

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