India on Saturday summoned Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires to lodge a powerful protest over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops alongside the Line of Management (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the firing was aimed toward supporting cross-border infiltration by terrorists.
Aftab Hassan Khan, the performing head of the Pakistan excessive fee, was summoned by the exterior affairs ministry a day after the ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops triggered an intense alternate of fireplace. 9 Indians, together with 4 civilians and 5 safety personnel, had been killed whereas the retaliatory shelling killed at least eight Pakistani troopers and injured a dozen extra.
A robust protest was lodged with the Pakistani cost d’affaires over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces in a number of sectors alongside the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, ensuing within the “loss of life of 4 harmless civilians and critical accidents to 19 others”, the exterior affairs ministry mentioned in a press release.
“India condemns, within the strongest phrases, the deliberate focusing on of harmless civilians by Pakistani forces,” the assertion mentioned.
“It’s extremely deplorable that Pakistan selected a festive event in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in Jammu and Kashmir via coordinated firing alongside the size of the LoC utilizing heavy caliber weapons, together with artillery and mortar on Indian civilians,” it added, referring to the pageant of Diwali.
India additionally strongly protested “Pakistan’s continued help to cross-border terrorist infiltration into India, together with via supporting cowl hearth supplied by Pakistan forces”, the assertion mentioned.
The Indian aspect reminded Pakistan of its bilateral dedication to not enable any territory underneath its management for use for terrorism in opposition to India in any method.
On Saturday, an uneasy calm settled alongside the LoC in Uri and Gurez sectors after the heavy shelling by the 2 sides throughout the de facto border. Following the unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces, the Indian Military had retaliated with artillery weapons and anti-tank guided missiles.
Pakistani ammunition and gas dumps and terror launch pads had been among the many targets destroyed by the Indian shelling, officers mentioned.
The heavy alternate of fireplace on the eve of Diwali turned the highlight on the LoC at a time when Indian and Chinese language forces are locked in a standoff alongside the Line of Precise Management (LAC) in Ladakh.