Srinagar, May 28: A soldier has died in an attack on an Army camp in Kakpora in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, said media reports. A civilian has also lost its life in the cross-firing, said NDTV. A defence spokesman has reportedly said that retaliatory action was underway. This is being called the first big attack on the Army in Kashmir since the government announced a unilateral ceasefire during Ramzan.
“In a cowardly and provocative act of terror, terrorists carried out a stand-off attack on Kakapora Army Camp. One soldier martyred. Retaliatory actions ongoing” said the defense spokesman.
Earlier, police and Home ministry officials were reported to say that the ceasefire had had a positive impact and terrorist activities and stone-throwing incidents had come down. Officials also hinted at extending ceasefire beyond Ramzan if the situation showed signs of improvement, the report said. (Also read: Pakistan Has no Respect For Ramzan, Says CM Mehbooba Mufti)
But there has been a spike in the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan. It said that from five during the week before the peace plan was operationalized, to 33 between May 16 and 23. Eight civilians have been killed and as many as 44 were injured in Pakistani firing in the week that followed the Centre’s gesture. Nine security personnel also suffered injuries.
“Pakistan has been completely exposed, busy killing people even during Ramzan,” Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office told NDTV.
As far as incidents of stone-throwing were concerned, the report said the number had dipped. From 44 a week before Ramzan, the number of incidents of stone-throwing were down to 16 following the ‘ceasefire’ call, it said. However, there wasn’t much change in the number of civilians injured by stone-throwing mobs. A week before the ceasefire call, 17 people were injured while 15 civilians were injured the week after.