India summons Pak diplomat, issues demarche over death of three minors in Poonch
Strong concern was also expressed over the continued unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces across the Line of Control and the International Boundary.india Updated: Oct 03, 2017 19:42 IST
India on Tuesday 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 on Monday.
Pakistani diplomat Syed Haider Shah was summoned and it was conveyed to him 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 demarche is a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels.
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 October 2, 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 in 2017,” the ministry said.