November 1999 News


India summons Pak deputy to protest Lahore Lashkar meet

10 November 1999
The Asian Age

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the "anti-India tirade" witnessed during the convention of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba held near Lahore last week, as eight Army personnel, including a Captain, were killed in intensified shelling and attacks by Pakistani intruders on two border posts in north Kashmir on Wednesday.

Pakistan's deputy high commissioner Akbar Zeb was summoned to the external affairs ministry and told that it was "particularly reprehensible" that open threats were made against India during the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba congregation held at Muridke from November 3 to 5. A spokesman for the external affairs ministry said India's concern over the lack of action by Pakistani authorities against those who had issued the threats were also conveyed to Mr. Zeb.

"This was yet another manifestation of Pakistan's support to international terrorism. The government of India once again called upon the Pakistani authorities to abandon their irresponsible support of cross-border terrorism," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, four Army personnel of 12 Bihar were killed while repulsing a Pakistani attack on a forward post in Gulmarg sector early on Wednesday morning. Four more Army personnel were killed at a border post in the nearby Tangdhar sector on Tuesday night in intense firing by Pakistani forces from across the Line of Control. Twelve soldiers were injured in the two incidents.

Pakistani troops made an unsuccessful attempt to capture Faulad post in Uri sector last night, in which 17 Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed.

Pakistani forces have reportedly intensified heavy and medium artillery fire along a 60-km stretch of the LoC from Yousmurg to Tangdhar sectors.

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