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Pak summons Indian Deputy HC over LoC firing

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Islamabad, June 12 : Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh on Monday  over “unprovoked ceasefire violations”  along the Line of Control  that it said killed two of its civilians and injured three others.

Director General (SA & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and condemned the firing by the Indian side in Chirikot and Hot Spring Sectors on June 10 and June 12 respectively.

It termed the “deliberate targeting of civilians” as condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

According to the ISPR, the Indian troops used heavy weapons including mortars, to which the Pakistan Army effectively responded.

The two civilians killed were identified as Wayar Younas, 18 and Asad Ali, 19. Three others, including two women, were injured, it said.

The victims were resident of Bhabra village.

Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria tweeted: “Indian DHC summoned to FO to condemn LoC violations”.

“The deliberate targetting of civilians is indeed condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” he posted.

In the morning, both sides traded fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

India said the Pakistan army resorted to “indiscriminate firing and shelling” on Indian positions in Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sectors.

“They first initiated small arms and automatic gunfire, but later used mortars,” an official said.

Reports from Mendhar said some cattle were injured as shells fired from across the LoC landed in civilian areas.

IANS

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