Highest truce violations by Pak this yr

Jammu, December 29

In 2020, there were 5,100 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the highest in nearly 18 years, that claimed 36 lives and left more than 130 persons injured, according to security officials.

They said “very heavy” shelling and firing by Pakistani troops virtually made the 2003 India-Pakistan border truce “redundant”.

Story Highlights

  • 2019: 3,289
  • 2020: 5,100
  • Casualties: Dead

    36, Hurt 130

  • 15 soldiers died along LoC in Jammu region

“Pakistani troops repeatedly targeted forward posts and villages along the LoC and the International Border (IB) to create fear among the people and destabilise peace,” a senior police official said.

“They have violated the ceasefire 5,100 times in 2020 with an average of 14 cases daily,” an official source said. In these ceasefire violations, 36 persons, including 24 security personnel, were killed and 130 injured, as per data. Fifteen of the soldiers died along the LoC in the Jammu region.

There were 3,289 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army along the Indo-Pak border in 2019.

Of these, 1,565 violations took place since August 2019 after the Centre abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to J&K and bifurcated the state into UTs. — PTI

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