J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Kathua, targets civilian areas – India Today


Pakistan on Friday violated ceasefire at the international border in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani Rangers also resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling along the border areas. They have also targeted civilian areas in Kathua.

Earlier in the day, an Army jawan was killed when Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Friday, a defence spokesperson said.

Two jawans were also injured in the Pakistani shelling in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district, officials said. “Today, the ceasefire violation took place in Nowshera sector from 5.50 am to 7.30 am,” he said.

As the unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side continued, India raised with Pakistan the issue of targeting civilians during ceasefire violations along the LoC.

The ceasefire violations and unprovoked firing have seen a spike since the repealing of special provisions of Article 370 in August, Army sources said on Friday.

The issue was raised by the Army during the functional level talks held by the Directorate General of Military Operations with its Pakistani counterpart on October 1.

Last month, the Army rescued school students amid shelling in the Poonch district, an official said.

In July, there were 296 cases of ceasefire violations (CFVs), 307 in August and 292 in September, sources said. September also recorded 61 calibre escalation, implying the usage of mortar and heavy ammunition.



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