Indian Deputy High Commissioner Summoned Over LoC Firing

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office summoned India’s deputy high commissioner on Thursday to condemn “unprovoked” firing along the Line of Control (LoC) that violated a 2003 ceasefire and killed one civilian.

Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh met officials to discuss the firing on Wednesday and Thursday, which also wounded two others in Azad Kashmir, according to a statement from the foreign ministry.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” the statement read.

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India and Pakistan have faced off for decades across the LoC separating Azad Kashmir and held Kashmir.

Sporadic cross-border attacks in past months have frayed the 2003 truce.

Last week, India accused Pakistani forces of killing two soldiers patrolling the LoC and mutilating their bodies.

Pakistan Army denied the allegations and said it had not committed ceasefire violations.

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