India on Saturday summoned the Cost d’Affaires of the Pakistan Excessive Fee and lodged a robust protest with him over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces on a number of sectors alongside the Line of Management (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir focusing on harmless civilians on the eve of Diwali.
The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) condemned, within the strongest phrases, the “deliberate focusing on” of harmless civilians by Pakistani forces and mentioned it was extremely deplorable that Pakistan selected a festive event in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in Jammu and Kashmir by way of coordinated firing alongside the LoC.
“The Cost d’Affaires of the Excessive Fee of Pakistan was summoned by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs immediately and a robust protest was lodged over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, on a number of sectors alongside the Line of Management in Jammu and Kashmir on November 13, ensuing within the dying of 4 harmless civilians and critical accidents to 19 others,” the MEA mentioned.
Triggering a serious flare-up alongside the LoC on the eve of Diwali, Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling in a number of areas alongside the LoC in north Kashmir killing 5 safety personnel aside from the civilians following which Indian Military mounted a serious retaliation pounding a number of Pakistani positions with anti-tank guided missiles and artillery weapons.
Indian army sources mentioned at the least eight Pakistani troopers had been killed and 12 others injured within the retaliation.
“India condemns, within the strongest phrases, the deliberate focusing on of harmless civilians by Pakistani forces,” the MEA mentioned in a press release.
“It’s extremely deplorable that Pakistan selected a festive event in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in J and Okay by way of coordinated firing alongside the size of the LoC utilizing heavy caliber weapons, together with artillery and mortar on Indian civilians,” it mentioned.
The MEA additionally reminded Pakistan of its bilateral dedication to not enable any territory underneath its management for use for terrorism towards India in any method.
“India additionally strongly protested Pakistan’s continued help to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, together with by way of supporting cowl hearth supplied by Pakistan forces,” the MEA mentioned.
In accordance with official knowledge, Pakistan has resorted to four,052 incidents of ceasefire violations within the present 12 months as towards three,233 in 2019.
However the coronavirus pandemic within the area, Pakistan has been resorting to unprovoked ceasefire violations alongside the LoC and making concerted efforts to push militants into Kashmir.
Pakistani hostilities elevated after India introduced its resolution to withdraw the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories in August final 12 months.
In the meantime, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh mentioned 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 individuals to gentle a ‘diya’ as a “salute to troopers”, saying phrases can not 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 troopers through the pageant of Deepawali.
I’ve additionally lit a lamp immediately to specific my gratitude to the troopers of India,” Singh tweeted.
The defence minister mentioned when the nation was celebrating Diwali, Indian troopers had been performing their nationwide responsibility of defending the borders.
“I salute such courageous and dutiful troopers,” Singh mentioned.
(With PTI Inputs)