Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violation along working boundary: foreign ministry

2021-05-04 15:05:40 GMT2021-05-04 23:05:40(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan has summoned a senior Indian diplomat to lodge a strong protest against ceasefire violation by the Indian military along the working boundary, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said on Tuesday.

The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) committed an unprovoked ceasefire violation at the Charwa sector of the working boundary in eastern Sialkot city on Monday, the spokesperson said while responding to media queries.

"The Indian side was reminded of its obligation to respect the ceasefire understanding," Chaudhri said.

According to a note verbale addressed to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad by the Pakistani foreign ministry on Monday, the Indian BSF troops "displayed aggressive behavior by crossing the working boundary and blatantly using mortars with an intent to sabotage the peace along Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary."

The latest violation is the first one after the two countries agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease-firing along the LoC in the Kashmir region and all other sectors in February of 2021, officials from the Pakistani foreign ministry told local media.

Pakistan and India had declared a ceasefire along the LoC in 2003. Before the agreement in February, both sides had routinely exchanged fire and accused each other of ceasefire violations. Enditem