Pakistan summons Indian diplomat after civilians died in cross-border firing

Disconnect between Pak army HQ and troops: Indian DGMO

Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah was summoned on October 3 to lodge a strong protest at the death of three Indian minor children in unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Pakistan forces in the Poonch sector on 2 October 2017.

This message was conveyed to the Pakistani DGMO after he called Lt-Gen Bhatt for "unscheduled talks" over the hotline at 5pm to allege that Indian security forces had resorted to unprovoked firing and targeted civilians opposite the Poonch sector on the LoC.

The firing claimed the lives of a woman of Truthi village and a man of Nezapir and left five others injured, it said.

The Pakistan Army DGMO, who had requested for the conversation that lasted about 20 minutes, however alleged that the Indian Army had resorted in unprovoked firing.

During his weekly briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal had denounced India's continuing violations of the 2003 ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control (LoC).

"The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and global human rights and humanitarian laws", said Faisal.

Lt Gen Bhatt told his counterpart that Indian Army would continue efforts to ensure peace and tranquillity on the borders.

He also urged the Indian side to allow the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

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