India issues demarcation to Pakistan for murder of 3 civilians in J&K ceasefire violations

NEW DELHI: India launched a strong protest to Pakistan on Monday over the killing of three civilians, including a minor, by Pakistani troops in a rape along the Line of Control in the Keran sector of Jammu and, sources said officers.

The three people were killed when Pakistani forces resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on Monday, they said.

A strong protest, a formal diplomatic note, was sided with Pakistan for the murder of three innocent Indian civilians, a source said.

The management was issued to a senior diplomat in the Pakistan High Commission here.

In Islamabad, he called the Indian Chargé d'affaires and filed a protest, alleging that it was the Indian side that resorted to the violation of the ceasefire in the Dhudnial, Rakhchikri, Chirikot and Baroh sectors on Sunday.

Pakistan claimed that a two-year-old boy was killed.

Last Sunday, the Keran sector was the scene of a deadly operation in which five elite army commandos gave their lives while eliminating a group of infiltrated militants.

There have been frequent incidents of violation of the ceasefire by Pakistan since India announced its decision to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and fork the state in two union territories in August last year.

Pakistan often uses ceasefire violations to push militants to the Indian side. Indian troops have also been retaliating for Pakistan's actions under its persecution policy.

According to the official figure, Pakistani troops resorted to 3,200 cases of ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, which was the highest in the past 16 years.

Of these, 1,565 ceasefire violations took place between August and December after India reorganized Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2018, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 2,936 cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.