India summons Pakistan high commissioner over ceasefire violations at LoC

NEW DELHI: India on Sunday summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit and lodged a strong protest over the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC in which six people, including a woman, have been killed.

Basit was summoned to the external affairs ministry by secretary (east) Anil Wadhwa during which India conveyed its strong protest over the issue.

After the meeting, Basit said an effective mechanism was required to determine who is engaged in ceasefire violations.

“We are concerned about ceasefire violations in months of July and August, there have been close to 70 ceasefire violations from this side of the LOC and the working boundary. We are obviously very concerned about it,” Basit was quoted as saying by ANI.

‘Our side would like to have a more effective mechanism in place as to determine who indulges in these unprovoked firing,’ he said.

Six people have been killed in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas since Saturday.

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On Independence Day, five civilians, including a sarpanch were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling. A woman was killed on Sunday in heavy mortar shelling from the Pakistani side.

National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan — Ajit Doval and Sartaj Aziz — will hold talks on terrorism-related issues for the first time on August 23.

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Overnight exchange of fire along LoC

During the talks, India is expected to present strong evidence of terrorism emanating from Pakistan highlighted further by recent attacks in Gurdaspur in Punjab and near Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir.

(With Agency inputs)

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