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Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Indian Acting High Commissioner, today, to lodge protest on the killing of a Pakistani inadvertent crosser, Touqeer s/o Shabbir, by firing of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troops deployed at Tashpura Post.

Touqeer, along with two others, was cutting grass in Shakargarh, Narowal, when the three inadvertently crossed the international border. Indian BSF troops fired without any warning, injuring Touqeer, while the other two managed to return. Immediately, a Company Commander level contact was established by Pakistan Rangers to take over the injured Pakistani, but the BSF troops refused and took the injured across the fence. Later, he passed away in the custody of BSF troops.

The Government of Pakistan condemned the action of the BSF troops which was in violation of the Border Ground Rules. In its protest, Pakistan called upon India to respect the lives of civilians and refrain from indiscriminate firing, which has caused loss of precious human lives.

Yesterday, another civilian Muhammad Din s/o Sultan was killed by the Indian troops in Rawlakot near the Line of Control.

The Indian side was reminded that earlier an inadvertent crosser, Kala Khan, was shot dead by the Indian security forces on the LoC in August 2014. The incident had coincided with, reportedly, a BSF soldier’s inadvertent crossing who was treated well by Pakistani troops and returned safely as a gesture of goodwill.

The Government of Pakistan offers its condolences to the bereaved family of the victim.

29 October 2014

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