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Pakistan expressed India's protest over the situation in Kashmir

The Pakistan foreign Ministry protested the chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of India in connection with the violation of ceasefire in Kashmir.

"The charge d'affaires of the Embassy of India Gaurav Ahluwalia was caused by ... to register a strong protest to Pakistani violations of ceasefire by the Indian forces along the line of control on 17 June 2020, the result of which was killed four innocent civilians and seriously injured one," - said in a statement the foreign Ministry of Pakistan.

The foreign Ministry noted that "such senseless acts that clearly violate the agreement on cease-fire in 2003 and completely ignoring the international law of human rights and international norms further exacerbate the already tense atmosphere."

Relations between India and Pakistan escalated after August 5, 2019 new Delhi announced the decision to abolish the state of Jammu and Kashmir, creating on its basis two Union territories (administrative units that have less rights than the state). For this, the Indian Parliament abolished article 370 of the Constitution, which gives the state special status. Pakistan, which claims the Indian part of Kashmir, strongly condemned the decision.

After the Muslim regions of British India formed the separate state of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir was the only Indian state where the majority are Muslims. There are active separatists, which new Delhi accuses the Pakistani authorities. Islamabad denies the accusations, saying that the Kashmiris themselves are fighting for their rights.