Srinagar: This is the first time that army crossing the LoC as a retribution has come so vividly in public discourse after the surgical strikes post Uri Terror attack. Pakistan tastes the dish which is genuinely its own recipe as Indian Army troops crossed the LOC and killed 3 Pakistani soldiers.
Indian Army troops crossed the LoC to plant IEDs across the border and then killed three Pakistani soldiers in firing across the LoC. The incident has reportedly happened in the Rawalkot sector of Pakistan across the LoC. This was in retaliation to the four Indian Army personnel killed on Saturday in ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
As a report came that Pakistan has violated more than 720 ceasefires along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir this year.
This is the highest number of violations in seven years, indicating the increasing tension between the two rival countries. It must be noted that Pakistan has been violating ceasefire regulations almost on a daily basis throughout the year.
In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured. In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405; 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010. In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.
The term Line of Control (LoC) refers to the military control line between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir—a line which does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary, but is the de facto border.
Originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was redesignated as the “Line of Control” following the Simla Agreement, which was signed on 3 July 1972. The part of the former princely state that is under Indian control is known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani-controlled part is divided into Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit–Baltistan. The northernmost point of the Line of Control is known as NJ9842.
There are several reasons behind Pakistan’s recent unprovoked border firings. Most of all it is a signal that Pakistan continues to cock a snook at Indian security forces and will not abandon the Kashmiri cause. But within Kashmir, the cause looks increasingly frazzled with trained mercenaries rather than freedom fighters calling the shots.
Hundreds of freedom loving Kashmiri youth have been killed by pro-Pakistan groups during the last 8 years. But even now the Pakistan government and the agencies expect the Kashmiris to fight for accession to Pakistan.