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MEA summons Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over ceasefire violations

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 October 2016, 10:57 IST

The Ministry of External Affairs on 27 October summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit to reportedly discuss continuous ceasefire violations across the border. This comes close on the heels of Pakistan summoning India's Deputy High Commissioner on 25 October. Pakistan lodged a strong protest against "ceasefire violations" along the Working Boundary.

The move comes hours after a Pakistan high commission official, Mehmood Akhtar, was detained in the capital by Delhi Police for espionage.

At least six civilians were injured on 27 October after Pakistan violated ceasefire in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire and mortar shelling.

In the wake of escalated tension and continued shelling, people residing by the border have been asked to stay indoors.

A six-year-old boy and a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier were killed in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector on 24 October. Another BSF soldier and eight civilians were also injured in the firing.

BSF jawan Gurnam Singh, who was hit in the sniper attack in Hiranagar sector along the International Border in Kathua district on Friday night, had died late on Saturday.

There have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since the Indian side carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an army camp in Uri on 18 September.

Pakistan has, however, denied the cross-border raids.

First published: 27 October 2016, 10:57 IST