NEW DELHI: Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay in a series of tweets on Sunday said that first it was Pakistan’s Foreign Office that read from the script of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and now it is the Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa who has been “glorifying” a Hizbul militant killed by Indian security forces. Baglay was referring to Burhan Wani.
General Bajwa had praised Burhan Wani on his first death anniversary on July 8, saying, “Sacrifices of Burhan Wani and of generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Sunday summoned India’s deputy high commissioner for the second consecutive day over alleged ceasefire violations along the LoC. Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned to “condemn and lodge protest over more civilian casualties at the LoC due to unprovoked ceasefire violations by India,” Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.
The Foreign Office spokesman alleged that three more civilians were killed in Chirikot and Satwal sectors on Saturday by Indian troops, increasing the civilian toll to five, among them four women.
Director-General South Asia and SAARC, Mohammad Faisal, summoned Singh and “condemned further unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian forces. He said “the deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.”
During their meeting yesterday, Singh had conveyed to Faisal that the ceasefire violations were initiated by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Krishnaghatti sectors and the Indian forces only responded appropriately.
A strong protest was also lodged over the death of two Indian civilians in yesterday’s ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.
Muhammad Faisal today urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement and to instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit.