New Delhi, August 9: India on Wednesday on summoned counsellor in Pakistan High Commission Tariq Karim to express its unhappiness over the killing of a jawan in an unprovoked firing by Pakistan. Ministry of External Affairs, in a release said, a demarche was made to register strong protest over the firing. Calling the attack the ‘deplorable’ in Krishna Ghati in Kashmir, the ministry condemned it in strong terms.
The release further noted, “Our grave concern at the continuing incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Pakistan forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) was also shared. ” It alleged the Pakistani Army failed to apply restraint in its actions. It said, “Despite repeated calls for restraint and call to adhere to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity, Pakistan forces have carried out 301 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC this year so far.”
An Indian Army soldier was killed on Tuesday in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Defence Ministry said in Jammu that the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire in Mankote area of the LoC in Poonch district. A soldier — identified as Sepoy Pawan Kumar — was killed in the firing by the Pakistan Army.
Indian Army retaliated to the ceasefire violations consecutively on the second day on Tuesday. Concerned over rampant cases of ceasefire violations, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on August 4 had said there were 285 violations recorded this year by the Pakistani Army until August 1, while in 2016, 228 such incidents were reported. In 2016, he claimed, eight Army jawans were killed in the ceasefire violations.
(With inputs from IANS)