Ceasefire violations on IB, LoC

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/14/2019 1:43:39 PM

Pak targets civilian areas in Kathua

KATHUA: Pakistan on Sunday violated the ceasefire at the international border in Hiranagar sector of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.
Late reports said that cross border firing also started this evening in Mankote sector in Poonch. Details were still awaited.
According to BSF sources, Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing along the border and also targeted civilians areas in Hiranagar. BSF retaliated effectively. The unprovoked firing started on Saturday night and ended at 5:30 am on Sunday.
The Army has raised its concerns with the Pakistan Army over the latter targeting civilian population during ceasefire violations which have significantly gone up. The matter was raised by the Indian Army through hotline earlier this month.
AGENCIES add from Delhi: While no casualties were reported, a couple of houses situated near the border were damaged in the firing from across the border.
Meanwhile, the BSF said it retaliated effectively to firing by Pakistani forces.
Pakistan security forces from the past few weeks have been resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling along the Line of Control. They have also been targetting civilian areas along the border.
The ceasefire violations and unprovoked firing have seen a spike ever since the Centre repealed special provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in August this year, as per Army sources. The issue was raised by the Army during the functional level talks held by the Directorate General of Military Operations with its Pakistani counterpart on October 1.
"Due to the firing, our goat shed caught fire and we had to take the help of other locals to rescue the animals. We had to call the fire station also," said a local while speaking to news agencies.
According to defence sources, Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir 2,225 times till October 2, meaning that on an average, it violated the ceasefire eight times a day during this period. Compared to this, the total number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan numbered 1,629 during the entire calendar year of 2018.
"Pakistan increased ceasefire violations this year following the Balakot airstrikes in February and subsequently after the special status was withdrawn to Jammu and Kashmir in August," a defence official said. The officer said the high number of ceasefire violations is linked to attempts by Pakistan to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir under the covering fire.
The Army has neutralised 140 militants till October 2 this year as compared to 254 in 2018 and 213 in 2017.

 

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