Indian diplomat summoned to lodge protest against killing of boy in AJK cross-border firing

The Foreign Office (FO) summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh on Tuesday to register Pakistan’s protest over the killing of an eight-year-old boy in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) by Indian forces a day earlier.

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Ayan Zahid was killed¬†by Indian firing on Monday in AJK’s Janjot Bahadar village in Kotli district.

The boy was in the courtyard of his house when a bullet fired from across the Line of Control (LoC) hit him in the head.

Pakistani forces, in retaliation to the incident, destroyed an Indian army post across the LoC and killed two soldiers. There was no immediate comment on the incident from New Delhi.

That development came hours after Indian troops hit a school van in a highly vulnerable border village in AJK, killing its driver on the spot.

AP

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