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INDIA AND Pakistan on Wednesday summoned deputy high commissioners of each other to express concern over ceasefire violations, even as India protested the manner in which the information of eight of its officials in Islamabad was made public, thereby endangering their security and safety.
The Ministry of External Affairs summoned the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi and conveyed the government’s strong concern on continued violation of ceasefire along the International Border and the Line of Control by Pakistan, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here.
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“Despite calls for restraint, Pakistan forces have committed 16 ceasefire violations since November 3 alone. As a result, there have been three fatal casualties during this period among Indian security forces,” Swarup said.
“The government conveyed that such loss of life is unacceptable… the injuries to civilians during the shelling by Pakistan forces are deplorable and strongly condemned,” he said.
Swarup said India also protested the manner in which the photographs of eight officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were prominently displayed in newspapers in the wake of factually incorrect allegations by the Pakistan government, and conveyed that this is against basic norms of diplomatic practice, besides having the potential to endanger their security and safety.
In Islamabad, DG (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh to “strongly condemn the unprovoked ceasefire violations on November 8 by the Indian Forces on the LoC in Khuirata and Battal sectors”.
With PTI inputs