India issues strong demarche to Pakistan over civilian killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

New Delhi, July 31 : India issued a strong demarche to the Pakistan High Commission against the killing of an innocent Indian civilian in an unprovoked act of firing by Pakistan forces.

MEA in a letter to Pakistan High Commission in India said, “Government of India deplores and condemns in the strongest terms such deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces. This is against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct.”

Rahme Begum, a resident of Dassi Baktoor Gurez, was killed after shelling on Tuesday by Pakistan Army in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
In the exchange of fire on Tuesday, soldier Naik Krishan Lal was martyred in Sunderbani sector of in Rajouri district. 34-year-old Naik Lal hailed from Akhnoor. This is the second death of a soldier along the Line of Control (LoC) in July and the sixth in 2019.

In Tangdar, nine civilian were injured from Tuesday’s ceasefire violations.

While Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and condemned the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the Line of Control which resulted in the death of a man.

“Pakistan authorities are called up to investigate into such heinous acts of killing innocent civilians & instructs its forces to desist from such acts immediately,” MEA letter said.

However,Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) released a statement, “Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal, who is also the foreign ministry spokesman, summoned Gaurav Ahluwalia and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control.”

On Tuesday, firing in Danna, Dhddnial, Jura, Lipa, Shardda and Shahkot sectors along the LoC, killed the 26-year-old man and injured 9 others, including women and children.

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