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Six citizens martyred, 26 injured in Indian firing along Working Boundary

Six citizens martyred, 26 injured in Indian firing along Working Boundary

India told Pakistan on Friday that infiltration along the Line of Control continues "with active support of Pakistan forward posts" and warned that it reserves the right to retaliate appropriately to any loss of life of Indian troops.

Pakistan's military says the death toll from the overnight cross-border shooting by India in the disputed Kashmir region has risen to six.

Pakistani military says at least six civilians dead and dozens wounded in exchange of fire across the de-facto border.

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Pakistani troops had earlier violated ceasefire on the worldwide border (IB) in the Jammu district consecutively for four days.

Ceasefire violations by Indian forces have been frequent since relations between the neighbouring countries worsened over unrest in Indian-held Kashmir and sentencing of Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav. There were also reports of seven Pakistan rangers being killed and many injured in the retaliation by BSF soldiers. They hold talks whenever either side understands the need to iron out differences or raise concerns over issues along the worldwide border of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The DGMOs of two countries are connected to each other through a hotline.

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The Dawn reported that the ISPR had said in a separate release that Core Commander Gujranwala Lt Gen Iqramul Haq had on Friday also visited the area affected by the Indian troops' firing.

Skirmishes across the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border between India and Pakistan, have become increasingly common in the a year ago, despite a 2003 ceasefire agreement. The Pakistan DGMO raised the issue of civilians being targeted.

India's Deputy High Commissioner, J. P. Singh, was summoned to Foreign Office in Islamabad by Pakistan's Director General (South Asia and SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, over alleged "ceasefire violations" by Indian troops along the LoC which had resulted in the killing of two civilians.

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