Pak summons Indian Dy High Commissioner, flays unprovoked firing

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hciFor the fifth time in two weeks, Pakistan on November 8 has again summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner and protested over the unprovoked firing by Indian army along the LoC.

Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned the Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces in Nikial and Jandrot sectors on November 7.

The firing resulted in the death of three civilians, including a woman and injuries to four others, including a 5-year-old boy, the Foreign Office stated, as per reports.

Dr Faisal asked India to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; probe the continued incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and stop targeting the villages and civilians.

Deputy High Commissioner Singh has also been summoned to the Foreign Office over ceasefire violations on October 25, 26, 28 and November 1.

On October 27, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale and conveyed the government’s decision to declare an Indian High Commission official persona non-grata.

Meanwhile, India withdrew three High Commission staff members—Anurag Singh, Vijay Kumar Varma and Madhawan Nanda Kumar—of the total eight who were accused by Pakistan of being RAW agents and carried out questionable activities.

External Affairs Ministry officials quoted by media reports said three Indian officials posted in Islamabad returned home on November 8. Decision regarding five more staff members is yet to be taken.

The development came after India detained and expelled a staff member of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi over espionage charges.