Poonch: Pakistan violated ceasefire late on Wednesday night in Poonch sector along the Line of Control, said reports on Thursday morning. More details are awaited.

Coming in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and the encounter which saw some security personnel martyred, this shows Pakistan in extremely poor light.

The Government had informed Parliament during the last session that the number of ceasefire violations or cross-border firings in J-K more than doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Such incidents saw a surge in 2018 and continued unabated this year. As many as 219 cases of cross-border firing or ceasefire violations were reported up to January 31, 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.”

Funnily, Pakistan had, last month, 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.

Meanwhile, India has taken the diplomatic route to register its condemnation of the Pulwama terror attack orchestrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist on February 14. India has revoked the Most Favoured Nation status given to Pakistan.

While Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed his country has nothing to do with the terror attack and that his country was being made out to be the sitting duck, JeM, a Pakistan-based outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans and injured many.