New Delhi, March 19: A day after five of a family were killed and two others suffered serious injuries in unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, India on Monday (March 19) summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah to lodge a “strong protest”. New Delhi told Islamabad that such deliberate targeting of civilians was against “humanitarian norms and professional military conduct”. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan Shells Mortars in Poonch District Along LoC, Indian Army Retaliates
“The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan, Syed Haider Shah was summoned today and strong protest was lodged at the loss of lives of five innocent Indian civilians (a family comprising husband, wife and three children) and grievous injuries to two other minor children in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces on March 18, 2018 in Bhimber Gali Sector across the Line of Control in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. (Also Read: Army evacuates children injured in ceasefire violation) Also Read - Army Personnel Killed in Firing by Pakistani Troops along LoC in J&K's Rajouri District
“It was conveyed that the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, who are located two kilometeres away from the forward line of defences, by Pakistan forces using high calibre weapons, is highly deplorable and is condemned in the strongest terms. Such heinous acts are against established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct,” the statement added. Also Read - Indian Army Avenges Death of 5 Soldiers; Destroys Terrorist Launch Pad, Targets Pakistani Ammunition Dump
According to official records, more than 560 such violations have been carried out by Pakistan forces at the Line of Control so far during 2018 in which 23 Indian civilians have been killed and 70 other have been injured.
The statement said Pakistan has also been asked to stop supporting cross border infiltration by giving covering fire to terrorists sneaking into the Indian territory.
(With inputs from agencies)