Pakistan says 7 soldiers killed on LoC; Indian envoy summoned

terriostIslamabad, (IANS) Pakistan on Monday said that seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, and termed it a “threat to peace”. The Indian High Commissioner was also summoned.

“Seven soldiers embraced ‘shahadat’ at the LoC in Bhimber sector in cross-fire LoC violation by Indian troops late last (Sunday) night,” said a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations, the Pakistani army’s media wing.

The LoC divides the Indian and Pakistan parts of Kashmir.

It said Pakistani troops responded to India’s “unprovoked firing” and “targeted Indian posts effectively”.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to “condemn the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces on the LoC,” a Foreign Office statement said.

The Foreign Secretary emphasized that this “belligerent attitude of Indian occupation forces was a serious threat to the regional peace and security” and may lead to a “strategic miscalculation”.

Chaudhry asked Bambawale to convey to the Indian government that “it must stop the provocative firing and observe the ceasefire”.

Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, condemned the “unprovoked” firing and expressed “grave” concern over the “recently increased frequency and duration of indiscriminate firing from the Indian side”.

Accusing the Indian troops of deliberately targeting villages and civilian, the Adviser voiced apprehension over the Indian actions, which he said “constitute a threat to the maintenance of peace and security”.

Pakistani authorities last week lodged protests with India and with the UN military observers group over the “targeting of civilian population” by Indian troops.

Pakistan says the civilian death toll in Indian shelling has risen to at least 25 in the past few weeks.

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