The Government of India (GoI) has blamed the Pakistan troops of carrying out highest ceasefire violations along the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir this year. Over 720 violations have been reported which is the highest in past seven years.
According to the data compiled by the Union Home Ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016. As many as 12 civilians and 17 security personnel were killed in the firing from across the border till October, a home ministry official said quoting the data. A total of 79 civilians and 67 security personnel were also injured in the firing.
The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November 2003. India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured. In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405, 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010. On Sunday after a brief lull, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire with India along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir and shelled the forward areas, a police official said.
The shelling from across the border began in Khari Karmara area at 10.55am and continued for about an hour, the official said. He said the Indian security forces along the LoC retaliated effectively to the Pakistani firing and shelling.
“There was no report of any casualty in the latest ceasefire violation,” he said. Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC after a gap of three days. Last week, Pakistani troops shelled various sectors in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri between November 27 and 29.