Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops on Tuesday opened fire on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Intermittent firing was reported even as Pakistan Rangers were targetting civilians. In the last 24 hours, three sectors have been targeted, reports said. Following the surgical strikes, Pakistan has escalated cross-border firing. Seven Pakistani soldiers have been killed along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistani television channels reported yesterday. “Seven soldiers embraced shahadat at LoC in Bhimber sector in cross-fire violation by Indian troops late last night. Pakistani troops while responding to Indian unprovoked firing targeted Indian posts effectively,” Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Monday. The statement said that Pakistani forces responded to “unprovoked” Indian firing and targeted Indian posts effectively, adding that a number of civilians killed.
Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif had ordered troops to “effectively” respond to firing by India across the Line of Control (LoC) after the death of seven Pakistani soldiers. General Raheel also said that army “will continue to respond effectively” and it ordered that it should “leave no stone unturned to defend motherland”.
So far mostly civilian have been killed in the firing on Pakistani side of the LoC. Pakistan Foreign Office last week issued a statement and said that the civilian death toll from alleged Indian shelling has risen to at least 25 in the past few weeks. The news of losses on Pakistani side comes two days after an Indian soldier was martyred in firing by Pakistan in Machhal Sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on November 11. Same day, two LeT terrorists were also reported killed in an encounter with security forces in Watergam area of Baramulla district (J&K). Earlier on Tuesday, the Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera Sector.
Pakistan has increased the number of ceasefire violations in past some time. The unprovoked firing has cost India several valuable lives. An army jawan was martyred in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan on 8th of November. India also retaliated forcefully and three Pakistani army posts were damaged by the Indian Army. Pakistan has indulged in over 100 ceasefire violations after India conducted surgical strike and destroyed several terrorists launchpads. It has attacked Indian posts and even civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir since surgical strikes.