Srinagar: Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army responded to the intermittent firing by Pakistani troops initiated at 4.30 PM. No injuries or casualties were reported.

Earlier on Wednesday and Thursday, Pakistan had violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri. The incidents come close on the heels of a terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district on February 14 in which as many as 40 jawans were killed, and many others were injured.

Up to January 31, as many as 219 cases of cross-border firing or ceasefire violations have been reported, meaning an average of seven incidents per day.

In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Hansram G Ahir said, “Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised, including at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the LoC and abide by the ceasefire commitments along the international border and LoC.”

Meanwhile, last month, Pakistan had summoned India’s Acting Deputy High Commissioner and condemned the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the LoC which resulted in the death of a woman.

Reports said that Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal, who is also the foreign ministry spokesman, summoned the Indian diplomat and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control on December 31,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Reportedly, the year 2018 had witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations — 2,936 — by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.