Pakistan says cross-border Indian fire kills 2 women

File photo: A Pakistani woman gestures beneath the damaged roof of her house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province. (AFP)
Updated 18 January 2018

Pakistan says cross-border Indian fire kills 2 women

ISLAMABAD: “Indiscriminate and unprovoked” cross-border shelling from India killed two women and wounded five people, including three women, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Faisal said on Thursday.

Islamabad summoned New Delhi’s deputy high commissioner for the second time in less than a week over “ceasefire violations” by Indian troops.

“In 2018, Indian forces have carried out more than 110 ceasefire violations… in just 18 days, resulting in the killing of three innocent civilians while injuring 10 others,” Faisal said.

On Monday, Pakistan’s military said cross-border fire by Indian forces killed four soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region.

Meanwhile, Islamabad on Wednesday refuted media reports of proposed contact between both countries’ director generals of military operations (DGMO) to reduce border tensions.

“No meeting of DGMOs of Pakistan and India is being considered as of now... The news is baseless and misleading,” Pakistan’s Defense Ministry said.

EU leaders’ decision on Brexit delay unlikely this week: Juncker

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EU leaders’ decision on Brexit delay unlikely this week: Juncker

  • The delay, nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, leaves the Brexit divorce uncertain

BERLIN: European Union leaders are unlikely to agree at a summit this week on a delay to Britain’s departure, and will probably have to meet again next week, the head of the bloc’s executive branch said Wednesday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to ask Brussels for a delay to Brexit, currently scheduled for March 29, ahead of the EU summit starting Thursday. Details remain unclear, but May’s troubles deepened when the speaker of the House of Commons ruled earlier this week that she can’t keep asking lawmakers to vote on the same divorce deal they have already rejected twice.

Britain’s political chaos is causing increasing exasperation among EU leaders. Asked by Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio what May would need to secure a delay this week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker replied that “she must bring approval of the negotiated deal and she must bring clear ideas on timing.”

“My impression is ... that this week at the European Council there will be no decision, but that we will probably have to meet again next week, because Mrs. May doesn’t have agreement to anything, either in her Cabinet or in Parliament,” Juncker added.

“As long as we don’t know what Britain could say yes to, we can’t reach a decision.”

A delay to Britain’s withdrawal would require the approval of all 27 remaining EU countries. Juncker said that “in all probability” Britain won’t leave on March 29, but underlined the EU’s insistence that it will not reopen the painstakingly negotiated withdrawal agreement that British lawmakers have snubbed.

“There will be no renegotiations, no new negotiations and no additional assurances on top of the additional assurances we have already given,” he said.

“We will keep talking to the British. We are not in a state of war with Britain, we are in a state of negotiations, but the negotiations are concluded.”