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Pakistan summons Indian deputy high commissioner over 'targeting of school van'

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday summoned India's deputy high commissioner and strongly condemned the alleged "unprovoked ceasefire violations and targeting of a school van", carrying children, by Indian forces.

Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal, summoned Indian deputy high commissioner J P Singh and "strongly condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations and targeting of a school van, on December 16, 2016" by the Indian forces on the LoC in Nikial sector, Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

It said that the alleged targeting of the school van resulted in the death of a civilian and injuries to four school children.

"He (Faisal) stated that the deliberate targeting of civilians, villages and civilian transport and a school van is condemnable and contrary to human dignity as well as international human rights and humanitarian laws," the statement said.

The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire understanding, investigate this incident and other incidents of ceasefire violations.

He also stated that the Indian forces must respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, stop "targeting the villages and civilians and maintain peace on the LoC", the statement said.

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