At least a dozen people have been killed in cross-border fighting between Pakistani and Indian military forces in the disputed Kashmir region.
According to Indian officials, eight people were killed on Friday, including five Indian soldiers and three civilians, which fired across the border at various locations in northern Kashmir under Indian administration.
More than a dozen people were also wounded in heavy shelling that began early morning on Friday and continued until evening.
Meanwhile, four civilians were killed on Friday and 22 others were wounded in the Neelum Valley region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a Pakistani civil administration official told Al Jazeera.
“Deaths and damage are being reported from across the Neelum Valley,” said Safeer Butt, the official.
A statement said that Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned a senior Indian diplomat to protest against the killings caused by Indian shelling in the Kashmir area administered by Pakistan.
The Indian diplomat was summoned to the foreign ministry in the Pakistani capital Islamabad to “underscore[e] that such senseless acts are in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, and against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct”, the statement said.
A day earlier, at least one Pakistani civilian, 55-year-old Muhammad Bashir, was killed due to Indian shelling the Rakhchikhri sector of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, about 80km (50 miles) southeast of the regional capital Muzaffarabad.
Three other civilians were wounded in Indian shelling in the village of Samni, roughly 150km (93 miles) southeast of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.