Pakistan summons Indian ambassador over killing of second soldier
Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian ambassador to the Foreign Ministry and a formal protest was lodged over the killing of its second soldier in Indian firing in less than a week, the Foreign Ministry said.
The Foreign Ministry said that Indian troops shot and killed a Pakistani soldier at Hotspring on the Line of Control (LoC) on January 10.
“The Foreign Secretary asked the Indian Government to thoroughly investigate the repeated violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control by Indian troops and also take necessary steps to ensure their non-recurrence,” a statement said.
He reiterated Pakistan’s offer to hold an independent inquiry into the recent incidents of ceasefire violations through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).
The Foreign Secretary reminded the Government of India of its commitment to fully implement the ceasefire along the Line of Control and strongly urged the latter to abide and respect the ceasefire along the LoC, which is an important CBM that has worked well since 2003.
The Indian ambassador was told that such unprovoked attacks were against the spirit of the ongoing peace process.
“These attacks not only vitiate the atmosphere but also create unnecessary and avoidable distractions in our efforts towards the peace process,” the statement said.
Pakistan has pursued with seriousness the dialogue with India and has taken significant steps to create a peaceful environment, it said, adding that Pakistan reiterates its commitment to a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues through a sustained and result-oriented dialogue with India.
Pakistan army had also stated on Sunday that the Indian troops had killed its one soldier and injured another along the LoC.
India has also accused Pakistani forces of killing two of its soldiers in its occupied Kashmir on Tuesday, the charges denied by Pakistan.
The clashes escalated tensions along the LoC and posed threat to the 2003 bilateral ceasefire.
New Delhi has rejected Pakistan's offer that the UN investigate the alleged LoC clashes, saying it a bilateral issue.
Indian officials allege that Pakistani forces entered some 100 meters into its territory and killed two soldiers, adding that one soldier was beheaded.