Indian HC summoned to lodge protest over ceasefire violations at working boundary

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday strongly protested over the latest ceasefire violations by India in Harpal and Chaprar sectors at the Working Boundary resulting in the Shahadat of six civilians, including a woman and a child.

Indian High Commissioner, Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to lodge the protest, a statement issued from the office of Foreign Office Spokesperson here said.

According to the statement, 47 civilians were injured (including 22 women) out of which 10 were in critical condition. The injured are undergoing treatment at the CMH Sialkot.

“The Government of Pakistan offers its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prays for the quick recovery of the injured”, the statement added.

Mainly three villages Kundunpur, Bajra Garhi and Thathi were targeted. Many houses have also been damaged.

Firing by the Indian side started at around 2330 hours on Thursday night, when Pakistani troops confronted India for using an excavator, near the Working Boundary without following the established SOPs.

Pakistani troops initially exercised restraint however, responded befittingly when India started heavy firing. The firing ended on Friday at 1100 hours, the statement said.

While condemning the Indian practice of targeting civilians on purpose, the Government of Pakistan expressed its deep concern at the continued hostility at the LoC and the Working Boundary.

The Indian Government was urged to stop forthwith the ceasefire violations and observe the 2003 Ceasefire Arrangement for restoration of peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary, the statement added.

Source: APP