Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch district (PTI Image)
Pakistani Army yet again violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. According to the latest reports, the Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.
Pakistan has violated 222 times since August 5 when Indian government decided to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories. According to a report in India Today, Pakistan Army has violated ceasefire a total of 1,889 times this year with 222 of these happening since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370. The Indian Army has been giving a strong reply to Pakistan and has hit some critical Pakistan Army installations across the border, the report said.
Pakistan violated ceasefire a total of 271 times in August so far while there were 296 incidents of ceasefire violations in July.
According to intelligence inputs, Pakistan is trying to push in terrorists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to carry out attacks on the security forces and disturb peace in an already tense Kashmir valley.
Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday also admitted it has information that Pakistan is trying to infiltrate terrorists into the country to carry out attacks.
MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters that Indian security forces were prepared to deal with any eventuality. He was reacting to Indian media reports that cited unidentified Indian intelligence sources as saying Pakistan-trained commandos have entered Indian waters to attack port facilities in western Gujarat state.
He said Pakistan is trying to infiltrate terrorists to create an alarmist situation after New Delhi imposed a lockdown and ended Indian-controlled Kashmir's autonomy early this month.
On Wednesday, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by restoring to mortar shelling and firing of small arms along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a defence spokesperson said.
The firing from across the border started around 8 am and continued for three-and-a-half hours, he said. Meanwhile, All ports across Gujarat have been put on high alert after latest intelligence inputs said that some Pakistan-trained commandos may infiltrate the Gulf of Kutch via 'Harami Nala’.
News Nation has learnt that the security agencies believe that these commandos are trained for underwater attacks. "All ships need to maintain anti-terror watch," sources said. Coast Guard have also been put on high alert following this intel input.
"All shipping agents are directed to inform their vessels at Kandla outer anchorage, inner anchorage, berths," the intel input said.