Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, India retaliates

RSTV Bureau
Army personnel take positions during an encounter with the militants near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.  Photo - PTI

Photo – PTI

Firing and shelling was reported from the Pakistani side along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Wednesday morning. The Indian side is also said to have been retaliating to the ceasefire violation.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours today in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said.

“Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added.

There were reports of firing and shelling in Mankote sub-sector of Poonch too.

On August 13, Pakistan is said to have violated the ceasefire four times. Firing was reported in Krishnagati, Nowshera, Mankote and north Kashmir.

On July 12, Pakistan troops had heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed.

Shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pakistani firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12.

Earlier too, Pakistan is said to have violated ceasefire multiple times between July 30 and August 8 in Krishnagati, Uri, Rajouri and Naushera sectors.

2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan.

Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year.

Eleven people including nine soldiers, were killed and 18 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in the month of July.

(With inputs from PTI)