New Delhi, May 23: A day after an eight-month-old girl died of bullet injuries, India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner, Syed Haider Shah over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir. India lodged a strong protest over the killing of the infant in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces in Bhimber sector.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it was conveyed that “the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, who are located away from the forward line of defences, by Pakistan forces using small arms and high calibre weapons is highly deplorable and condemned in the strongest terms”.

“Targeting of innocent civilians including young children is against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct,” the MEA said in a statement. Pakistan authorities were called upon to investigate into such heinous acts of killing innocent civilians and instruct its forces to desist from such acts immediately, it said.

“Our strong concerns were also shared at continued unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations across the Line of Control and the International boundary,” the ministry added.

According to the MEA, more than 1088 such violations have been carried out by Pakistan forces at the Line of Control and International Boundary so far during 2018 which have led to loss of 36 lives and injuries to 127 persons. “In 2018, Indian security forces have thwarted attempts by 53 terrorists to infiltrate and have neutralised five terrorists at the time of crossing the LoC,” it said.