Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC over cross-border firing


The fighting is taking place along a somewhat-defined frontier where each country has a separate paramilitary border force guarding the lower-altitude 200-kilometer (125-mile) boundary separating Indian-controlled Kashmir and the Pakistani province of Punjab.

An Indian paramilitary officer said soldiers were responding to Pakistani firing and shelling on dozens of border posts and called it an "unprovoked" violation of a 2003 cease-fire accord.

Three more civilians were martyred on Friday and 12, including five women, sustained injuries in unprovoked firing and shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in different sectors on the Working Boundary here.

On Friday morning, the armies of two countries traded heavy gunfire in R S Pura and Ramgarh sectors along the worldwide border. Today again two civilians died and four (were) injured.

The spokesman said Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua had at a meeting with Alice Wells asked the U.S. to advise restraint to India and urge it to stop its escalation tactics.

He said Indian forces have breached the ceasefire on more than 150 occasions this month alone. The exchange of fire is still on.

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The deceased were identified as Bachno Devi, 50, wife of Jeet Raj, resident of Saikhurd, Arnia and Sahil, 25, son of Krishan Lal, resident of Kortana RS Pura.

There were reports of people moving to safe places along with their cattle.

India frequently opens unprovoked fire across the LoC, resulting in the martyrdom of civilians and army officials.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said to never violate a ceasefire but once a single bullet is fired from Pakistan, we will retaliate with 10 more".

Commenting on India's military aggression, Dr Faisal said that Indian army chief's irresponsible and highly provocative statement represented the country's war-mongering attitude. He had described the situation on the border as "tense". The condition of four of them was stated to be critical.

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