Pakistan summons India diplomat over civilian killing

Islamabad: For the second time this week, Pakistan today summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner here and lodged a protest over killing of three Pakistani civilians in alleged firing by Indian troops across the LoC.

Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh was summoned to the Foreign Office and was told that "intentional targeting of innocent civilians is high condemnable," a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

"Pakistan has expressed its deep concern at the continuous unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces and the intentional targeting of innocent civilians, which is high condemnable," the statement said.

Pakistan claimed that three of its nationals were killed in Nikial sector due to 'unprovoked' ceasefire violations by Indian troops.

The deputy envoy was summoned on a day when a villager in Poonch district was injured when Pakistan violated the ceasefire for the fourth consecutive day by resorting to heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts along the LoC, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

On Wednesday previously, Pakistan had summoned Singh to lodge a protest over the killing of a solider in alleged firing by Indian troops.

Pakistan had on Thursday asked India to honour its commitment regarding observance of ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC).

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