The unprovoked firing in Rajouri district on Sunday marked the 13th ceasefire violation by Pakistan in past seven days
Srinagar: Massive firing was reported in Nowshera sector of Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri sector late on Saturday after Pakistan violated the ceasefire. The fresh round of unprovoked firing came in the backdrop of India countering nearly six major infiltration attempts over the past fortnight.
Indian forces reportedly launched a stiff retaliation to Pakistan’s violation of ceasefire. Massive firing was reported across the Line of Control (LoC) on Nowshera sector. No casualties were reported from either sides by the time this report was first published.
The ceasefire violation – 13th in the last 7 days – comes in the backdrop of Indian soldier Naik Bakhtawar Singh being martyred in unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces along Nowshera sector in the wee hours of Friday.
Turbulence across the LoC has remained a routine affair over the past one and half months, after Pakistan’s Border Action Team mutilated two Indian soldiers – Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and Head Constable Prem Sagar – on May 2. Subsequently, India launched a severe crackdown on the border, countering the attempts of infiltration made by Pakistan-backed terrorists. In the past week, 13 suspected Pakistani intruders were shot dead by the forces after detecting their movement along the LoC.
As per the statistics released by Indian Army, a total of 15 ceasefire violations and 34 infiltration attempts were recorded till May this year. The forces have gunned down 40 suspecting terrorists in the past five months who were attempting to infiltrate the LoC.
The fresh ceasefire violations comes in the backdrop of Pakistan ‘welcoming Russia’s mediation offer’ to defuse border tensions with India. However, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs later clarified that no such mediation offer was made by Moscow. “It is my understanding that Russia is very well aware of India’s consistent position to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Bagley said.