Pakistan Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner and a strong protest was lodged over the killing of a soldier as a result of indiscriminate firing by the Indian army in the disputed Kashmir region, the Foreign Ministry said.
The military said a Pakistani soldier Habib was killed as a result of Indian firing in Rawalakot sector along the Line of Control in on Thursday.
It is the second Pakistan soldier died in the Indian firing in three days. An army captain was killed when Indian troops shelled Pakistani posts late Tuesday.
“Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani called Indian High Commissioner Dr. T.C.A Raghavan to the Foreign Office, today, and conveyed Pakistan’s serious concern over the continued and unwarranted ceasefire violations by the Indian army resulting in loss of precious human lives,” a statement said.
Jilani also called upon the Government of India to respect the ceasefire agreement and desist from such acts which have the potential of further escalating the tension.
Foreign Secretary Jilani, while conveying concern over the recent incidents also expressed Government of Pakistan’s desire to engage with India in a constructive dialogue process, aimed at reducing tensions and restoring peace and tranquility along the Line of Control.
“In this regard, he proposed that senior officials from the foreign ministries and militaries could meet to discuss ways and means to strengthen and expand the existing military and political mechanisms to ensure that the Ceasefire Agreement was observed in letter and spirit,” the statement said.
There have been escalations along the LoC in recent days despite a ceasefire declared by both countries in 2003.
Both accuse each other of the ceasefire violations as exchange of fire claimed lives of soldiers of both countries.