After the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on 29 September (to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), Pakistan stepped up cross-border firing and violated the Line of Control ceasefire at least 20 times.
In the wake of the increasing violations of this nature, the BSF has increased deployment of its troops (and technical equipment) along the International Border (IB). People living in the areas along the LoC, have been evacuated and moved to safer places.
In 2015, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan. While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the IB, 152 incidents were reported along the LoC.
Here are is a dateline of all the violations that took place since the surgical strike.
On 30 September, a day after the announcement by the Indian government about the surgical strikes carried out by the armed forces on terror launch pads near LoC, Pakistan violated the ceasefire. Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district. The troops had restored to small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district during the night.
This was the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September.
“There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.
The firing had lasted for an hour and a half. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.
On 29 September Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector without any casualty.
On 1 October, the Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy machine guns along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil.
There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, which lasted around three hours. There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and heavy machine guns and small arms firing on forward positions along the LoC in Pallanwala sector and Chamb area of Akhnoor tehsil.
Police said the Pakistani troops targeted Badoo and Chanoo hamlets and the villagers residing near the LoC were evacuated and shifted to safer places.
On 2 October, Pakistani troops launched firing and shelling on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district this evening.
On 3 October, the Pakistani troops intensified action, by violating ceasefire four times. They resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on Indian Army posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving five civilians injured and several shops ablaze.
The firing and shelling was carried out in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors in Poonch district, officials said.
Reports said in the retaliatory action by the Indian Army, one Pakistani post Twiven was destroyed.
The Pakistani troops fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.
In shelling, five people were injured in Shahpur Kerni and Saujian sectors, officials said, adding the injured have
On 4 October, violating the border ceasefire five times since Monday, Pakistan troops pounded Indian military and civilian positions in 10 areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region, provoking retaliation.
The Pakistani troops resorted to shelling of mortar bombs and small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.
Firing and shelling along LoC was reported from Balnoi and Krishnagati sector in Poonch district.
One jawan reportedly suffered minor injuries in the action.
Pakistani troops targeted Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri sub-sectors of Noushera belt. They fired mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.
On 5 October, the Pakistan troops violated the border ceasefire four times as they resorted to heavy shelling and firing on Indian posts and civilian areas in Poonch, Rajouri and Kupwara districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Krishnagati sectors in Rajouri and Poonch district, said Defence PRO Manish Mehta.
A senior army officer said ceasefire violations also took place in Mendhar sector of Poonch and Macchil sector of
Mehta said Pakistan troops shelled mortar bombs and fired from automatic and small weapons.
With inputs from PTI