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Ceasefire violations: MEA summons Pakistan envoy, lodges strong protest

The firing had led to the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others, the ministry stated.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2020 12:49:03 am
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The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday summoned acting Pakistan High Commissioner and lodged a “strong protest” over “unprovoked ceasefire violations”, which claimed the lives of four Indian soldiers, a BSF trooper and at least four civilians, including a seven-year-old boy.

At least six to eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory fire by India, sources had said.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday said that the Charge d’Affaires of the High Commission of Pakistan was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces on multiple sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The firing had led to the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others, the ministry stated.

“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 calibre weapons, including artillery and mortar on Indian civilians,” the MEA said in an official statement.

Smoke emanating from exploded shells in the forest area of Gurez town in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. (Express photo)

India also “strongly protested” Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorist infiltration, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces, the MEA stated. “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.”

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