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India summons Pakistani envoy over attack
Publication Date : 07-08-2013
India yesterday summoned the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, to lodge a strong protest against the killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu.
Sources in the government said India made it quite clear that it was taking a serious view of the incident and Pakistan needs to investigate and find out as to who is behind these attacks. Khan was summoned sometime in the afternoon, the sources said.
Pakistani troops yesterday entered Indian territory along the LoC in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers.
With the opposition criticising the government in parliament today over its soft Pakistan policy, the focus is now likely to shift to the effect this is likely to have on India-Pakistan talks. While no dates had been finalised, talks between the two countries were expected to resume on the water issue and Sir Creek, sometime later this month.
Talks were broken off in January this year following the beheading of an Indian soldier in a border clash, in Poonch again. Also, the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in end-September is likely to now come under a cloud.
Pakistan in the meantime was quick to deny the allegations.
A press release issued by Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs denied the involvement of the Pakistan army in the incident.
"Our military authorities have confirmed that there had been no exchange of fire that could have resulted in such an incident. Pakistan remains committed to the ceasefire agreement of 2003 which...should be respected in letter and spirit."