India lodges 'strong protest' with Pakistan over death of civilian in unprovoked firing in Jammu and Kashmir's Sunderbani

New Delhi: India on Wednesday summoned an official of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest over the death of an "innocent civilian in unprovoked ceasefire violation" by Pakistani forces on 11 January in Sunderbani area of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of External Affairs said India also protested Pakistan's continued support to infiltration of terrorists into India, including supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces.

India lodges strong protest with Pakistan over death of civilian in unprovoked firing in Jammu and Kashmirs Sunderbani

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"Pakistan High Commission official was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged at the death of an innocent civilian in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan forces on 11 January, 2019, in Sunderbani Sector," the MEA said.

It further said, "Our strong concerns were also shared at continued unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations across the Line of Control and the International Boundary."

A civilian was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces on 11 January.

The year 2018 had witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops — 2,936 — in the past 15 years along the Indo-Pak border, according to official figures.

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Updated Date: Jan 17, 2019 15:53:19 IST

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