Pakistan accused Indian troops of shelling its territory along the disputed Kashmir border on Monday and killing a civilian, the latest in a series of allegations by both sides over the past week.
A Pakistani military official accused Indian troops of “unprovoked firing” in the early morning hours on Monday in three sectors along the Kashmir border — Battal, Chirikot and Satwal.
A civilian named Muhammad Zubair was killed by the shelling, the official said.
A senior Indian army commander said Indian troops were responding to unprovoked firing from Pakistan and targeted military posts, not civilian areas. The firing from Pakistani side started last night and continued through the night in two places, the commander said. He accused Pakistan of regularly violating a 2003 cease-fire agreement in Kashmir over the past four days.
Indian envoy summoned
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad to protest the incident and called on the country to uphold the 2003 cease-fire agreement, the ministry said in a statement.
“Pakistan is committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India and believes that serious efforts need to be made in maintaining a positive atmosphere and avoid negative propaganda,” the ministry said.