Pakistan summons Indian envoy over border killing

Islamabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Pakistan Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner T.C.A Raghavan to protest the killing of a Pakistani soldier on the Line of Control.

The foreign office in a statement said it lodged a "strong protest" over the killing of Lance Naik Habibullah "as a result of indiscriminate firing by the Indian Army in Rawalakot sector today".

"Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani called Indian High Commissioner Dr. T.C.A Raghavan to the foreign office today and conveyed Pakistan's serious concern over the continued and unwarranted ceasefire violations by the Indian Army resulting in loss of precious human lives," the statement said.

Jilani also called upon the Government of India to "respect the ceasefire agreement and desist from such acts which have the potential of further escalating the tension".

He also expressed Pakistan's "desire to engage with India in a constructive dialogue process, aimed at reducing tensions and restoring peace and tranquility along the Line of Control".

"In this regard, he proposed that senior officials from the foreign ministries and militaries could meet to discuss ways and means to strengthen and expand the existing military and political mechanisms to ensure that the Ceasefire Agreement was observed in letter and spirit," the statement said.

On Wednesday, Deputy High Commissioner Gopal Baglay was summoned to protest the killing of a Pakistani army captain in alleged Indian Army firing in Shaqma sector, Kargil. India had said it had carried out "appropriate retaliation" to Pakistani shelling.

Tensions between the two neighbours have escalated over the past few weeks since the killing of five Indian soldiers in Poonch by the Pakistani troops. The ceasefire violations have cast a shadow on resumption of the dialogue process and the proposed talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif.

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