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Ceasefire violation: India issues demarche to Pakistan

India reiterated its concerns about the well-being of Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossed the LoC over six weeks ago, and sought his early and safe repatriation.

India has issued a demarche to Pakistan on continued violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and strongly condemned increased concentration of terrorists observed across the border in the vicinity of Pakistani forward posts, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

India reiterated its concerns about the well-being of Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossed the LoC over six weeks ago, and sought his early and safe repatriation. The MEA called in a senior diplomat — the rank of a counsellor — from the Pakistan High Commission, in what is the third such demarche this month.

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“We conveyed that despite calls for restraint, Pakistan forces have committed 12 ceasefire violations between November 9 and 15, during which Pakistan Army deliberately resorted to calibre escalation by employing artillery and 120 millimetre heavy mortars against Indian posts,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

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“These violent acts constitute a clear violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” he added.

First published on: 18-11-2016 at 02:34:21 am
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