Pakistan violates ceasefire second time in a day in J-K’s Poonch district

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POONCH: Pakistan violated ceasefire for the second time on Friday and resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

 

According to the official report, the ceasefire violation took place at 11.45 am on Friday. The Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire in the same area at about 2.30 am on the same day.

One army jawan lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the KG sector of Mendhar sub-division in Jammu-Kashmir.

Defence officials said that Indian Army retaliated befittingly.

Further, details are awaited.

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 2,225 times till October 2. Compared to this, the total number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan numbered 1,629 during the entire calendar year of 2018.

The Army has neutralised 140 militants till October 2 this year as compared to 254 in 2018 and 213 in 2017.

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increased ceasefire violations this year following the Balakot airstrikes in February and after the special status was withdrawn to Jammu and Kashmir in August.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

 

Image credit: Mint

 

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