New Delhi: India on Saturday summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission to register a strong protest over unprovoked ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir on the festive occasion of Diwali that left at least nine people dead. Also Read - Unwarranted And Ill-informed: MEA Reacts to Justin Trudeau’s Remarks on Farmers Protest in India

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India also condemned, in the strongest terms, the “deliberate targeting” of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces, saying it was highly deplorable that Pakistan chose a festive occasion in India to disrupt pVeace and perpetrate violence in Jammu and Kashmir through coordinated firing along the LoC. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Rajouri District, Army Jawan Martyred

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “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 (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on 13 November 2020, resulting in the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others”. Also Read - Pakistani Groom Receives AK-47 Rifle As Wedding Gift From Mother-in-Law, Video Goes Viral | Watch

“India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces,” MEA said.

“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 caliber weapons, including artillery and mortar on Indian civilians,” the statement by India said.

India also strongly protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces. 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.

(With inputs from IANS)