India lodges protest with Pak over cross-LoC killing in J&K

New Delhi (NVI): India today lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over killing of three members of a family in cross-LoC shelling in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday by summoning Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission to the External Affairs Ministry.

The acting envoy of Pakistan was “summoned today and a strong protest lodged on the death of three innocent civilians, including a child (and injury to another child), in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces in the night of 17 July 2020 in Krishna Ghati Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The deceased persons belonged to a single family,” External Affairs Ministry said in a statement tonight.

“India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces,” it added.

This year alone, 21 Indians have been killed and 94 injured in over 2711 unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, it noted.

“India also protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including supporting cover fire provided by Pakistani forces,” the statement said.

Pakistan was called upon to adhere to the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding for maintaining peace and tranquility along the Line of Control and the International Boundary, it said.