Islamabad: Despite India repeatedly urging Pakistan to "respect" the 2003 ceasefire arrangements between the two countries, Pakistan on Wednesday (October 16) summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia over India's retaliation to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan Rangers on Tuesday had initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation at around 9:30 am in Qasba and Kirni sectors of Poonch district by firing small arms and shelling mortars. The Indian Army hit back effectively.

Pakistan's firing claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman Shameem Akhter from Poonch district.

The number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan has gone up significantly this year as compared to 2018.

According to reports, Pakistan violated the ceasefire 2317 times till October 10. The incidents of unprovoked firing and shelling have increased sharply ever since India abrogated Article 370 that had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

"2317 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019 till October 10 while 147 terrorists have been killed in different operations by the security forces on the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland," Indian Army sources told ANI.

The Centre has repeatedly urged Pakistan to "respect" the 2003 ceasefire arrangements between the two countries.