LoC tensions: Pakistan summons India’s Deputy High Commissioner

The Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad was summoned by Pakistan on Monday.

Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh

New Delhi: The Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad was summoned by Pakistan on Monday. The Foreign Office summoned Indian envoy Gopal Baglay apparently to protest ceasefire violations by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the Line of Control.

Pakistan has also reportedly claimed that it resulted in the death of a civilian at Rawalakot in PoK.

Pakistan had yesterday said that Indian troops had fired at its paramilitary forces along the Line of Control in the Kashmir region.

"Indian border security forces resorted to unprovoked firing upon Pakistan Rangers (paramilitary force) in the Sialkot sector this morning (Sunday)," Xinhua quoted Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as saying in a statement.

The tension between India and Pakistan has escalated in the past week with the killing of five Indian soldiers at the LoC. Defence Minister AK Antony said on the floor of Parliament that specialised troops of Pakistani Army had killed Indian soldiers, leading to outrage in the whole country.

Pakistani troops entered 450 metres into the Indian territory in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on August 06 and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers.

The Opposition, especially the BJP, has been mounting pressure on the Congress-led UPA government not to go ahead with talks with Pakistan. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, are slated to meet in end-September on the sidelines of UN`s General Assembly.

Pakistan has denied any role in the killing of the Indian soldiers. Infact, Sharif expressed remorse at the deaths of men from Indian Army and maintained that the agreement on 2003 ceasefire should be adhered to by both sides. He had also expressed his keenness to meet Manmohan Singh in US.

Meanwhile, as per reports, Islamabad has started thinking on the lines of withdrawing diplomatic staff from its missions in New Delhi. It is also being said that Pakistan was thinking of redeploying troops from its border with Afghanistan to the eastern frontier.

In a related incident, Indian Army Chief, General Bikram Singh, on his visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the killing of Indian soldiers, has asked his troops to be aggressive and retaliate as needed, in case of further ceasefire violations by the Pakistani forces.

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