Protest lodged with India over killing of woman

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Foreign Office on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to lodge a protest over the death of an elderly woman due to firing across the Line of Control (LoC) on March 17.
A 60-year-old female resident of village Thandi Kassi died when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Kotli district along the LoC.
The protest was also lodged over an incident of cross-border firing on Sunday when two children, aged nine- and 14-years-old, were injured.
The Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned by the FO’s director general (South Asia and Saarc) and handed a démarche
Foreign Office urged India to cease cross-border violations.
Incidents of cross-border firing were reported with frequency in the last months of 2016 as tensions simmered between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.
Exchanges of fire have been reported sporadically since the new year began. A Pakistani woman was injured when Indian border troops opened fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber late on March 10, the ISPR had said.
It said Indian forces resorted to “unprovoked” firing directed at civilian population along the LoC in Baroh village of Bhimber district. Another incident was reported on March 2, when India resorted to ‘unprovoked’ firing across the LoC in the Khuiratta and Tender sectors.