India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan, J P Singh was summoned by Pakistan foreign office on Thursday over alleged firing at the Line of Control. According to Republic TV, India, in response to the summons made by Pakistan, will raise the issue of cross-border terrorism being carried out by Islamabad across the Line of Control. The report also claimed that India will be addressing issues such as the increase in ceasefire violations and the attempts of infiltration by Pakistan. Earlier in the day, five Pakistani soldiers were killed and six others injured in retaliatory fire by the Indian army, ANI reported.
Reports say that Pakistan has been constantly shelling Indian villages across the LoC in the last few days.Earlier last month a video of the Indian Army’s retaliation against Pakistan’s regular ceasefire violations had gone viral on social media. ANI had reported that once Civil General Engineering Reserve Force (GREF) labourer had been killed and two others had been injured. Among the injured was a head constable of the Border Security Force. “The injured have been referred to the GMCH, Jammu,” Harun Malik, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch had told the agency. The report also states that small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars were used for shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera and Krishna Ghati sectors.
Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, in an interview with CNN News18, on May 23 denied reports of Pakistan indulging in terrorism and said “As far as terrorism was concerned, Pakistan did not need to create a volatile and destabilising situation on the LoC, because we have many other things to do”. He had claimed that from what he saw on Indian TV channels, it had appeared to him that these retaliatory fires were “unprovoked case ceasefire violations by India.”