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An Army soldier was killed and three others injured in sniper fire from the Pakistani side along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday.

The Foreign Office (FO) on Friday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge protest over unprovoked firing by Indian Border Security Force from across the Working Boundary near Sialkot.

Last week a civilian woman was killed in cross border firing.

"Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza raised the issue of targeting of Pak civilians opposite the Jammu sector by Indian troops", the Army said in a statement.

Pakistani troops had earlier violated ceasefire on the global border in the Jammu district consecutively for four days.

The message was conveyed by Director General of Military Operations Lt.Gen. A.K. Bhatt to his Pakistani counterpart Maj.

"Pakistan's unsolicited comments pertaining to Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir are factually incorrect and misleading".

On the occasion, Pakistan's acting Foreign Secretary Aitzaz Ahmed the deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and global human rights and humanitarian laws. It was also said that no targeted firing on civilians were carried out by India. "Instead of working with sense of objective to address issues, Pakistan resorts to shortsighted tactics of diverting attention", he noted.

India highlighted a recent incident when Border Security Force troops fired at armed infiltrators from close proximity of Pakistani posts along the International Border near Amritsar.

The talks between the two DGMOs took place over a telephonic conversation. "The violation clearly undermines all existing understandings on the issue", said the media wing of the Pakistan Army. This is way more than the combined ceasefire violations along the IB, where the BSF is deployed, and LoC, totaling 449 in 2016.


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