Pakistan summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner over LoC firing


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia over India's retaliation to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

On Tuesday, the Pakistan rangers had initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Qasba and Kirni sectors of Poonch district by firing small arms and shelling mortars. However, the Indian Army had retaliated befittingly.

The number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan has gone up significantly this year as compared to 2018.

India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC and the International Border.

According to defence sources, Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir 2,317 times till October 10.

Pakistan increased ceasefire violations this year following the Balakot airstrikes in February and after the special status was withdrawn to Jammu and Kashmir in August.

On August 5, the government had revoked some provisions of Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and brought in a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

There has been a spurt in ceasefire violation by Pakistan after India's airstrike at Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot on February 26.

Pakistani troops had fired mortar shells and small arms across the Line of Control at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

It includes Nowshera, Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors in Rajouri district, Gawahalan, Chokes, Kiker and Kathi posts in the Uri sector and Poonch Balakote.

The tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.



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