Pakistan has violated ceasefire for 134 times in January so far. This is a steep hike from the last year’s eight in January 2017. With this January is likely to record the highest number of ceasefire violations along the LoC in 14 years. Notably, 860 ceasefire violations were recorded in 2017. It has been learnt that of the 860 ceasefire violations in 2017, December alone accounted for 147, the highest in a month. Number in January is expected to go past the ceasefire violations in December, which will make it the month with the highest number of ceasefire violations since October 2003, sources in the Indian Army’s Northern Command told Indian Express. On the other hand, Pakistan has also claimed there were more than 1,900 ceasefire violations last year and Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has alleged there were over 75 ceasefire violations by India in January 2018, so far.
Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed mortars at Indian positions along the International border and LoC in three sectors of Jammu and Rajouri districts overnight, a BSF officer said yesterday. On January 21, a civilian was killed and two persons were injured in the Pakistani shelling along the IB in Kanachak belt of Jammu district, raising the death toll in the ceasefire violations since Thursday last to 12 and injuries to over 60. Schools continue to remain closed along the LoC and IB in Jammu region.
The increase in ceasefire violations is taking place mainly because of two reasons: Pakistani violates the ceasefire to provide cover to help militants infiltrate across the LoC, which draws an Indian response and as part of India’s proactive counter-terror strategy to target Pakistan army posts on the LoC acting as terror launch-pads, accoridng to report.
It has been learnt thta Pakistan had violated the ceasefire over 600 times till September, accordimg to the report. Pakistani troops have opened fire on Indian territories more than 600 times till September 30. Eight civilians and 16 security personnel were killed in the firing, a Home Ministry official said. It is the highest number of ceasefire violations in nearly a decade, the official said.
There were nearly 450 ceasefire violations in 2016 in which 13 civilians and as many security personnel were killed. The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir had come into force in November 2003. India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LOC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.