Ceasefire violation: Pakistan protests with Indian Deputy High Commissioner

ISLAMABAD: Director General SA and SAARC called on to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad on Wednesday to protest against recent alleged cross border firing, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

A protest was lodged over the unprovoked firing by Indian army soldiers last night in the Shaqma sector, Kargil, that resulted in the death of a Pakistan Army captain and injury to another soldier.

The FO conveyed its serious concerns on the continued violations of the ceasefire across the LoC by the Indian Army over the past few weeks and the escalation of tensions, which were counterproductive and detrimental for stability and peace in the region.

The statement from the FO said that while Pakistan was committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement, India should take serious and credible measures to prevent further ceasefire violations and reduce tensions.

The cease fire breach is the latest in a spate of recent cross-border skirmishes between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since independence from the British rule in 1947, two over the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

The two sides agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but skirmishes have flared across the heavily-militarised Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in Kashmir, in recent weeks, with both sides blaming each other for having violated the agreement.