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India Summons Pakistan's Envoy Over Death Of 8-Month-Old In Ceasefire Violation Along LoC

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| May 24 , 2018 , 10:59 IST

In the aftermath of the death of an 8-month-old baby during a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner to India.

India lodged a "strong protest" with the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah at the loss of life of the 8-month-old who died after being hit by a stray bullet.

"The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan, Syed Haider Shah was summoned today and strong protest was lodged at the loss of life of an eight-month-old infant in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces on May 21, 2018, in Bhimber sector across the Line of Control in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

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"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," the statement said.

"Targeting of innocent civilians including young children is against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct. 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 continued.

The statement released by the External Affairs Ministry also expressed strong concerns at the continued unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations taking place by the Pakistani side along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB).

"More than 1,088 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," the statement said.

"The Pakistan side was also asked to end the support being given to cross border infiltration of terrorists, including through covering fire. In 2018, Indian security forces have thwarted attempts by 53 terrorists to infiltrate and have neutralised 5 terrorists at the time of crossing the Line of Control," it said.