The Pakistan on Tuesday violated ceasefire again, targeting border out posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Krishna Ghati, Mankote and Mendhar Sectors of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, prompting the Border Security Force (BSF) to retaliate strongly and effectively.
Later in the day, the rangers initiated another unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars at International Border nearing the militancy hit state. However, no loss of life or any damage to property have been reported so far in the small arms firing.
The cross-border firing was first reported around 12:20 pm in noon while the second violation occurred at about 3 pm this afternoon. "Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violated ceasefire in Poonch, Krishna Ghati, Mankote and Mendhar sectors in district Poonch, today," the news agency ANI reported.
Jammu & Kashmir: Pakistan violated ceasefire in Poonch, Krishna Ghati, Mankote & Mendhar sectors in district Poonch, today.— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 42 CRPF personnel were killed and dozens of others injured.
Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the Line of Control (LoC) this year. The year 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations, numbering 2,936 by Pakistani troops, in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.
Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides.