MEA summons Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner over ceasefire violations
India on Friday summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and conveyed "grave concerns" at the continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces.
MEA said,''Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah was summoned to MEA. He was conveyed govt's grave concerns at the continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces.''
''More than 100 such violations have been carried out by Pak forces on LOC & International Border so far during 2018. It was conveyed to the concerned authorities in Pak that deliberate targeting of innocent civilians was against all established humanitarian norms & practices,'' MEA further said in an official release.
''Pakistan was again called upon to adhere to the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding for maintaining peace and tranquility along the Line of Control and the International Boundary,'' MEA also said.
Earlier, during the weekly briefing, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We of course very strongly condemn the continued and unprecedented ceasefire violations by Pakistan which has caused loss of lives and properties. Our sincere condolences to the families of those affected in this incident."
He also said that Pakistan violates the ceasefire as a cover to infiltrate terrorists across the border into India. "We of course retaliate in such cases and we also take up the matter at appropriate level with the Pakistani side," he added.