India summons Pak envoy over ceasefire violations in J&K

New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of External Affairs today summoned the Charge d’Affaires of High Commission of Pakistan and lodged a strong protest over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pak forces on multiple sectors along LoC in J&K that led to the death of four civilians and serious injuries to 19 others.

“India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces. It is highly deplorable that Pakistan chose a festive occasion in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in J&K through coordinated firing along the length of the LoC using heavy caliber weapons, including artillery and mortar on Indian civilians,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The MEA also strongly protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces.

“Pakistan was once again reminded of its bilateral commitment to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner,” the MEA said in a statement.

The MEA summoned the Pakistan envoy a day after a major flare-up at LoC as Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations at multiple locations, drawing a sharp retaliation from the Indian Army.

The Indian Army yesterday eliminated four SSG commandos, who wanted to carry out a BAT (Border Action Team) attack. They belonged to 2 SSG Unit located at Sharda Valley in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), as per defence sources.

Five Indian troopers and 4 civilians were also killed in the heavy Pak shelling yesterday.

-ARK