India, Pakistan summon each others envoys over violations along LoC

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD — A day after Pakistan called an Indian diplomat to protest border violations, India also summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit and lodged a strong protest over alleged ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along LoC.
Ambassador Basit was summoned to the External Affairs Ministry by Secretary East Anil Wadhwa who conveyed to the envoy India’s strong protest over the “unprovoked firing” by the Pakistani troops along the LoC.
Emerging from the meeting in South Block, Pakistani Ambassador Basit accused India of 70 ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Boundary in July and August and called for an effective mechanism to determine who indulges in the unprovoked firing.
“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 these unprovoked firing,” Basit, who was in the MEA for around 15 minutes, told reporters.
India claimed that six people have been killed in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas since Saturday. In Pakistan two people were killed and dozen injured following Indian shellings and firing on villages.

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