JAMMU: Even as an Army jawan was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, India on Tuesday summoned Islamabad’s Deputy High Commissioner and issued a demarche over the death of three minors in “unprovoked firing”.
“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in the Krishna Ghati sector at around 12.50 pm on Tuesday.
Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” a defence spokesman said.
Martyr Naik Mahendra Chemjung
In the exchange of fire, Naik Mahendra Chemjung was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries, he added.
Chemjung, 35, belonged to Chilingdin in Nepal and is survived by his wife Nayan Kala Chemjung and a son, the spokesman said.
“Chemjung was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” he added.
On Monday, two minors were killed and 12 civilians injured in cross-border shelling by Pakistan along the LoC in Poonch district.
Five children were among the injured, the youngest being five-year-old Zobia Kousar, who was airlifted to a hospital in Jammu.
Meanwhile, India this morning summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner and issued a demarche over the death of three minors in “unprovoked firing” by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector.
Pakistani diplomat Syed Haider Shah was summoned to the external affairs ministry by the joint secretary, in-charge of Pakistan, and it was conveyed that “such deliberate targeting of civilians was not acceptable and was against humanitarian norms and practices,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a release.
A strong protest was lodged over the death of three Indian children in “unprovoked ceasefire violation” by the Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector on Monday, it said.
Strong concern was also expressed over the continued unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces across the Line of Control and the International Boundary in violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding.
“503 such violations have been carried out by Pakistan forces so far during 2017,” the ministry said.
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