Pakistan summons Indian High Commissioner; protests over alleged use of artillery

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned Bambawale and condemned the "unprovoked ceasefire violations on the LOC and the Working Boundary," said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in the evening.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 10, 2016 8:51 pm
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Pakistan on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to the Foreign Office to protest over alleged ceasefire violations and use of artillery by the Indian forces, saying that such weaponry had been used after 13 years. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned Bambawale and condemned the “unprovoked ceasefire violations on the LOC and the Working Boundary,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in the evening.

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“He deplored the use of artillery by the Indian Forces in Shahkot and Jura sectors on the LoC on November 9, 2016 and highlighted that such weaponry had been used after 13 years, reflecting India’s intention to further escalate tensions and undermine regional peace and security,” the statement said.

The Foreign Secretary observed that the “indiscriminate firing and shelling from the Indian side deliberately targeting villages and civilian populated areas” has resulted in the death of 26 civilians in the last two months, it said. It said 107 people were also injured.

The statement said the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has the UN mandated responsibility for maintaining peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary. “While Pakistan is fully cooperating and providing full access to UNMOGIP, we urge India to permit the UNMOGIP to visit and observe the LoC and the Working Boundary,” it said.

The Foreign Secretary urged India to investigate the continued incidents of “unprovoked ceasefire violations” on the LoC and the Working Boundary and ensure respect for the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, in letter and spirit, it added. Foreign Office had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh on Wednesday for the sixth time in over two weeks for alleged ceasefire violations.

On October 27, the Foreign Secretary had summoned Bambawale to foreign ministry and conveyed the decision of the Government of Pakistan to declare an Indian High Commission official as “persona non-grata”.

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    Narasimham
    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm
    It is not a game if you pour bullets Indian soldiers will pound with artillary guns.
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      Ajman
      Nov 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm
      stan, how many times in the last month have violated ceasefire and damaged Indian side and how many our soldiers and civilians have you killed.lt;br/gt;Now you are crying if Indian side retaliate to work their work.
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        Ankush Dey
        Nov 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm
        Indian High Commissioner mustn't be worried about the summons and need not give any response to Pak FS ... Just enjoy the tea that they serve :) Hopefully they do !!!
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          Aditya
          Nov 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
          Give a rented room for Indian HC in stan's FO.
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            Dr.H.Mohan
            Nov 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm
            Mind you stan...keep firing at Indian troops and Indians invariably will use better and more lethal ammunition ... and if you keep doing for six months...LO!!! YOU ARE A BANKRUPT COUNTRY!!!
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              s
              Nov 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm
              Why does the GOI not call the stani high commissioner and give him a peace of mind.? If India has done it qhy ai there no mention in the press?
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                Vihari Naidu
                Nov 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                Light es on fire....
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                  Ramesh Athavale
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                  Is the war imposed by stan a kind of Dharmyuddh in which dos and Don'ts have been agreed upon in advance by the two sides ?
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