New Delhi: India on Saturday summoned the Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest with him over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces on multiple sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir targeting innocent civilians on the eve of Diwali.

In a statement, the external affairs ministry said India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces.

The statement said “The Charge d’Affaires of the high commission of Pakistan was summoned and a strong protest was lodged over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, on multiple sectors along the LoC in J&K on November 13, resulting in the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others,” MEA said.

"India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces," the MEA said in a statement.

"It is highly deplorable that Pakistan chose a festive occasion in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in J and K through coordinated firing along the length of the LoC using heavy caliber weapons, including artillery and mortar on Indian civilians," it said.

India also strongly protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces.

"India also strongly protested Pakistan's continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces," the MEA said.

Pakistan was once again reminded of its bilateral commitment to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner, the statement said.

Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along LoC spread across multiple sectors. Triggering a major flare-up along the LoC on the eve of Diwali, Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling in several areas along the LoC in north Kashmir killing five security personnel apart from the civilians following which Indian Army mounted a major retaliation pounding several Pakistani positions with anti-tank guided missiles and artillery guns.

Indian military sources said at least eight Pakistani soldiers were killed and 12 others injured in the retaliation.