Sunderbani Sector Firing: India Summons Pakistan High Commission official

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday summoned a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and a demarche was made lodging strong protest at the fatal casualties of Indian soldiers during an attempted cross border infiltration on October 21 by Pakistani terrorists in Sunderbani Sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

“It was informed that two Pakistani armed intruders have been killed by the Indian security forces during the ensuing firefight and the Government of Pakistan take custody of the dead bodies of its nationals,” MEA said.

On Sunday, two heavily-armed Pakistani intruders and three Indian soldiers were killed in a gunfight after the Army foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Sunderbani sector.

“The Ministry condemned in the strongest terms such provocative action by Pakistan, which reveals their complicity in aiding and abetting terrorism and exposes the hollowness of Pakistan’s deceitful claims to promote constructive engagement and desire for peace,” the statement added.

Moreover, India conveyed to the Pakistani side its grave concern at the continuing incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Pakistan forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB).

Despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity, Pakistan forces have carried out 1591 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC and IB in 2018 so far.

“Pakistan was called on to abide by its bilateral commitment not to allow any territory under its control to be used to support terrorism against India in any manner,” it added.