Pakistan summons Indian envoy over 'ceasefire violations'

Two other persons, residents of Rajasthan, have been arrested for allegedly passing on sensitive information to Akhtar. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Oct 26, 2016, 03.44 PM (IST)

For the second day in a row, Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India's deputy high commissioner and lodged a strong protest over alleged "unprovoked firing" by Indian forces along the working boundary and the Line of Control.

It was second day in succession that Indian envoy J P Singh was summoned by the Foreign Office over violation of ceasefire.

"The Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned by the director general (South Asia & SAARC) today. A strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The protest was lodged over violation of ceasefire agreement at the working boundary in Chaprar and Harpal sectors and on the LoC in Bhimber sector on 25-26 October, the statement said.

Pakistan said that two civilians were killed and nine others injured in the firing.

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

India had on Tuesday said Pakistan army violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, prompting the Army to give a "befitting response".

There have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since the Indian side carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an Army camp in Uri on September 18.