India on Saturday summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a robust protest with him over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces on a number of sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir focusing on harmless civilians on the eve of Diwali.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) condemned, within the strongest phrases, the “deliberate targeting” of harmless civilians by Pakistani forces and stated it was extremely deplorable that Pakistan selected a festive event in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in Jammu and Kashmir by coordinated firing along the LoC.
“The Charge d’Affaires of the High Commission of Pakistan was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs today and a strong protest was lodged over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, on multiple sectors along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on November 13, resulting in the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others,” the MEA stated.
Triggering a serious flare-up along the LoC on the eve of Diwali, Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling in a number of areas along the LoC in north Kashmir killing 5 safety personnel other than the civilians following which Indian Army mounted a serious retaliation pounding a number of Pakistani positions with anti-tank guided missiles and artillery weapons.
Indian navy sources stated at the least eight Pakistani troopers have been killed and 12 others injured within the retaliation.
“India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces,” the MEA stated in a press release.
“It is highly deplorable that Pakistan chose a festive occasion in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in J and K through coordinated firing along the length of the LoC using heavy caliber weapons, including artillery and mortar on Indian civilians,” it stated.
The MEA additionally reminded Pakistan of its bilateral dedication to not permit any territory underneath its management for use for terrorism towards India in any method.
“India also strongly protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces,” the MEA stated.
According to official information, Pakistan has resorted to 4,052 incidents of ceasefire violations within the present 12 months as towards 3,233 in 2019.
Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic within the area, Pakistan has been resorting to unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC and making concerted efforts to push militants into Kashmir.
Pakistani hostilities elevated after India introduced its determination to withdraw the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories in August final 12 months.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated he lit a lamp to specific his gratitude to the troopers of the nation on the event of Diwali.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the folks to mild a ‘diya’ as a “salute to soldiers”, saying phrases can’t do justice to the sense of gratitude for his or her exemplary braveness.
“Prime Minister @NarendraModi requested all countrymen to lit a lamp in honor of our soldiers during the festival of Deepawali.
I have also lit a lamp today to express my gratitude to the soldiers of India,” Singh tweeted.
The defence minister stated when the nation was celebrating Diwali, Indian troopers have been performing their nationwide obligation of defending the borders.
“I salute such brave and dutiful soldiers,” Singh stated.
(With PTI Inputs)