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LoC ceasefire echoes in Delhi, India summons Pakistan envoy

On Independence Day, five civilians were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling. A woman was killed on Sunday in heavy mortar shelling from the Pakistani side.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: August 17, 2015 7:17 am
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Hours after a woman was killed in Pakistani shelling on Indian civilian areas along the Line of Control in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, New Delhi summoned Islamabad’s envoy to lodge a strong protest.

Anil Wadhwa, Secretary, East in the External Affairs Ministry, conveyed to High Commissioner Abdul Basit India’s strong “protest” and “anger” against the “unprovoked firing” by Pakistani troops along the LoC.

Basit, however, remained defiant after the 15-minute meeting, accusing India of 70 ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Boundary in July and August, and called for a more effective mechanism to determine which side had fired without provocation, PTI reported.

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“We are concerned about ceasefire violations. In the months of July and August, there have been close to 70 ceasefire violations from this side of the LoC and the working boundary. We are obviously very concerned about it.

“Our side would like to have a more effective mechanism in place so as to determine who indulges in this unprovoked firing,” Basit told reporters after emerging from South Block.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit at the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday. (Express Photo by: Ravi Kanojia) Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit at the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday. (Express Photo by: Ravi Kanojia)

Nusrat Begum was killed in Behrote on Sunday morning as heavy shelling began in the wee hours in the Balakote sector. One Mushtaq Ahmed was injured at Sawjian, sources said.

Later on Sunday, three villagers, including a 6-year-old child, were injured after a shell fell in Rajdhani village in Manjakote area of Rajouri district. The injured have been identified as Parveen Akhtar (40), her son Yasir Iqbal (17), and their neighbour Rozia Kousar (6).

This is the first time since the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries that Pakistani mortar shells have landed in the Manjakote area. Since Saturday, nearly a dozen shells have landed in the area, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Manjakote, Yakir Shaheen, said. Pakistan appears to be using long range weapons to hit civilian areas on the Indian side, the officer said.

With Nusrat’s death, the toll in the Pakistani shelling since Saturday as risen to six. Five people, including a 10-year-old boy, Moin Khan, and the sarpanch of Basoni village, Masarat Khan, were killed at Basoni in Balakote sector on Independence Day. Eight people have been injured in Poonch and Rajouri districts since yesterday. The shells were falling deep inside Indian territory.

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    khan
    Aug 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm
    Routine tomorrow Indian ambador in stan will be called and shunted
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      pakistani
      Aug 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm
      that is the thing I wanted to make you realize.... war has no result.....I had also never been to any place which I mentined , but I don't believe any of media...you see I being a reading this news paper to see what games these media people are playing just read DAWN of 14 August ....you will think yourself....so vomit out the emotions and use your brain
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        Deepi S
        Aug 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm
        cease fire voilations repeatedly and we just call their High commissioner for brotherly advice. Stupid thing. Retaliate with such a blow that no more voilations. This way or thzat stop this nuisance once for all.
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          ASHOK KUMAR
          Aug 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm
          And stan Hih Commissioner told his Indian counterpart that we are waiting to see Modi,s chest of 56 inches. He further said, Jai Modi Jhumley Wale Ki. Modi is neither attending Parliament nor addressing key issues like dealing with stan . Only seminars, conferences, inaugurations, foreign tours and speeches seems to be his hobbies to kill time without anybody to talk to him at PM,s House.
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            Aug 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm
            Modi in one of his interviews has said that he never uttered a word about his chest of 56 inches during election campaign. It is all media creation. Another Jhumla.
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