New Delhi: Reacting sharply to firing by Pakistani troops, India today summoned its Deputy High Commissioner here and lodged strong protest over ceasefire violations causing deaths of Indian soldiers and barbaric mutilation of their bodies.
Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah was summoned by Joint Secretary (in-charge of Pakistan) in the Ministry of External Affairs Gopal Baglay, who conveyed India’s strong reaction to continued ceasefire violations and mutilation of bodies of its soldiers.
On his part, Shah too protested “the recent spate of unprovoked Indian firing and shelling” which, he claimed, had so far resulted in the loss of more than 50 civilians lives including women, infants and the elderly, besides several Pakistani soldiers.
India and Pakistan have been blaming each other for violation of ceasefire agreement and using heavy artillery and mortar shelling which have led to death of several civilians and soldiers on both sides.
Yesterday, India’s Deputy High Commission in Islamabad J P Singh had protested to Pakistan against the killing of Indian soldiers and mutilation of the body of one of them when he was summoned by the Pakistani Foreign Office in Islamabad which wanted to lodge a protest over “unprovoked ceasefire violations”.
Three Indian soldiers were killed yesterday in an ambush on army patrol in Machhil sector of Jammu and Kashmir following which the Indian army had vowed heavy “retribution”.