Srinagar, April 4: Ceasefire violation was reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir’s Rajouri sector on Tuesday. As per latest reports, Pakistan troops have violated the ceasefire along the LoC and Indian forces are retaliating to the attack. The Indian Army posts are reportedly retaliating to the firing and firing is presently on.
In this incident, the Indian troops were attacked by 82 mm mortar shells fired by the Pakistan Army. According to a defence spokesperson, as quoted by the Times of India, “There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Rajouri today.” As per this spokesperson, TOI reported that the Indian side was attacked using mortars and automatic weapons. No casualty has been reported yet from the Indian side.
This is the third ceasefire violation in a span of two days. On Monday, there was ceasefire violation reported from Poonch in which the Indian army retaliated as well. Press Trust of India reported that commenting on the Monday’s incident a defence spokesperson said that Pakistan started indiscriminate firing of small arms and mortar shells on Monday morning. “Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic and mortar shells at 0930 hours today on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector,” the Defence Spokesman said.
As per reports, the heavy mortar shelling in Digwar panicked the civilians residing in the area.
Another ceasefire violation was reported on the morning of April 3, Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed shells on a forward post in Balakote sector of Rajouri district.
However, as per Pakistan’s point of view, it was India who violated the ceasefire arrangement and also alleged that on Monday a civilian was killed by the Indian attacks. Following this, Pakistan then summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh to condemn the alleged ceasefire violation by Indian security forces.
In March, four incidents of ceasefire violations were reported along the LoC in Poonch.
An Indian Express report claimed that Border Security Force(BSF) and Pakistani Rangers had a meeting and both promised each other to maintain peace at the International border.
The first ceasefire violation along the Indo-Pak border for the year 2017 was reported in February when Pakistan fired gunshots and hurled grenades at a BSF post in the Samba sector. Regarding this ceasefire violation on February 14, shifting the blame, Pakistan summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and condemned alleged “unprovoked” ceasefire violation by Indian troops on the Line of Control that killed three Pakistani soldiers. Following that Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria claimed India resorted to firing in Thub area (Bhimber Sector), killing three soldiers.