ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and lodged protest with him over unabated violations of ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary.

This came on the day when four more civilians were killed and 10 others injured in “unprovoked” firing by the Indian security forces at the LoC.

According to the ISPR, those martyred were Altaf (a son of Lal Muhammad and resident of Jabbar Dheri village of Jandrot Sector); Nazia Kausar (wife of M Rasheed and resident of Gai Mathrani village of Karela Sector; and Attique (son of Manzoor) and Tassawar (son of Shabbir), both of them belonged to Baroh village in Baroh Sector.

The army mouthpiece cited reports of heavy casualties of Indian soldiers due to ‘effective retaliatory fire’ by Pakistani troops. “Six Indian soldiers have been confirmed killed till now,” the ISPR added.

An official statement said that Indian Deputy HC JP Sindh was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Spokesperson for the Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria said the government “recorded protest over bloodshed of innocent people” at the Working Boundary and the LoC.

A protest dossier was handed over to JP Singh by director-general of South Asia Desk, Dr Mohammed Faisal, the statement said.

A couple of days ago, three girls and a boy were killed in unprovoked firing by the Indian forces in Singhala village of Khui Ratta sub-sector of Kotli district. The victims were Riba,4, Faiza, 7, Shazia,8, and Shehzad, 16.

Relations between the two countries have plummeted in the recent months, with India blaming militants from Pakistan for a raid on an army base in its part of disputed Kashmir in September that killed 19 soldiers.

Over the weekend, Pakistan handed over a dossier regarding the ceasefire violations by India to the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

Zakaria said that the detailed dossier on ceasefire violations by India was given to the representative of the UNMOGIP at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi after the death of four children at the hands of Indian forces in Khoi Ratta Sector along the LoC this week.

The killing of four children came the day when an Indian submarine violated maritime boundary and was forced by Pakistan Navy to disclose its location in Pakistani waters after which it was made to return.

Pakistan and Indian troops regularly exchange fire across their de-facto border in Kashmir.

Pakistan has repeatedly told India to refrain from creating a tense situation along the border.

Meanwhile, on Monday Pakistan strongly condemned the suicide attack at a mosque in Afghan capital Kabul that led to loss of a number of precious lives.

Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said that Pakistan reiterated its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestation.

He further said that Pakistan conveyed profound condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and prayed for early recovery of the injured.

A massive suicide blast at a Shia mosque in Kabul killed at least 27 people and wounded 35 as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony.

Police said that it was a suicide bomber who blew himself up among worshippers inside the mosque.

Worshippers were gathering to mark “Arbaeen”, which comes 40 days after the major mourning of Ashura that commemorates the death of Hazrat Imam Hussein (AS), grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) who was martyred in the year 680.

Arbaeen marks the end of the mourning period over his death.