Five Pakistani soldiers were killed and three injured in an overnight retaliatory action by the Indian army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. “Pakistan initiated unprovoked firing and shelling targeting civilian facilities in Mankote sector of the LoC in Poonch district on 10 December.
“Damage was caused to civilian properties due to indiscriminate targeting of civilian facilities by the Pakistan army.
“This necessitated befitting retaliatory action by the Indian army in which five Pakistani soldiers were killed and three injured. Several of their bunkers have also been destroyed”, sources said.
Firing exchanges between the two sides lasted for 2 hours.
Thirty civilians have been killed and over 100 injured in over 3,200 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC in J&K since January 2020.
Lives of thousands of people living in villages close to the LoC in J&K have been on the edge because of cross LoC shelling.
Foreign Office said in a statement that India resorted to firing in Battal, Jandrot and Kotli sectors.
“The Director General (South Asia & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces on June 1,” it said.
The Foreign Office said the “deliberate targeting” of civilians is contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.
“The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire understanding; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC,” it said.
On 13 May, Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward posts in Naushera area with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three. On 15 May, Pakistani troops resorted to fresh ceasefire violation along the LoC in Naushera sector since 1600 hours till late night. Four villages in Naushera have come under small arms fire from across the LoC in Naushera.
Nearly 1700 people have already been evacuated from the LoC hamlets hit by shelling from Pakistani side and shifted to relief camps. Around 10,042 people from over 2,694 families have been affected by the continued shelling from across the border, the DC said.
In 2016, 228 instances of ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violations along International Border (IB). Between April 2016 and March this year, the maximum of 88 violations were witnessed in November followed by 78 in October and 22 last month.