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Pak continuing to commit ceasefire violations: MEA

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New Delhi, Aug 1: Pakistan continues to commit ceasefire violations on the border, despite repeated reminders by India to adhere to all established norms of humanitarian and military conduct, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said a couple of days ago, India made a strong demarche with the Pakistani side over the killing of an innocent civilian in an unprovoked act of firing by Pakistani security forces.

“We did tell them that this was against all established norms of humanitarian and military conduct.

“We feel that Pakistan, despite repeated reminders from our side, continues to resort to ceasefire violations and we told them to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding for maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC and the international border,” Kumar said.

On the issue of an Indian national named Ghulam Farid languishing in a Pakistani jail despite completing his sentence, Kumar said according to the information with the ministry, his prison term got over in October, 2018.

“We have repeatedly asked Pakistan to release him. Our High Commission in Pakistan is constantly pursuing the matter and putting pressure on them on the issue,” he said.

Asked about Pakistani Hindu lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Vankwani repeatedly raising the issue of forced conversion in Sindh and Punjab, the MEA spokesperson said India had in the past taken up the matter of treatment of minorities in Pakistan with the neighbouring country.

“Wherever we get an opportunity, especially at international forums, we raise this issue,” he said.

Pak summons Indian diplomat over ‘ceasefire violations’

Islamabad, Aug 01:  Pakistan on Thursday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia for the third time this week and condemned the alleged ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that killed two persons, including a woman.

Earlier, Ahluwalia was summoned by the Foreign Office on Monday and Wednesday for the firing along the LoC.

Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal, who is also the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, summoned Ahluwalia again on Thursday and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces on July 30,” the FO said in a statement.

Two persons, including a woman, were killed and 15 others injured in the firing at Nauseri sector along the LoC, it said.

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