Sources mentioned that between August and September, the total number of agitations across the Valley have come down by more than half. Terrorist activity has also slowed down compared to 2018, Army sources added.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms and shelling with mortars in Bakalote area of Mendhar on Saturday evening as well.
Defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand here said "at about 1 pm, Pakistani troops initiated ceasefire violation by firing small arms and shelling with mortars in Poonch. Indian Army is retaliating befittingly." he added.
The ceasefire violation by Pakistan comes a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh visited the troops on the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
"The government of India deplores and condemns in the strongest terms such deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces. This is against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct," the MEA said in its letter.
The situation along the LoC has got escalated following the killing of an Indian soldier in Akhnoor's Keri Battal area on Monday last and heavy damage inflicted on Pakistani side in retaliation by the Indian troops.
A day after it promised “heavy retribution” for the killing of three of its soldiers — one of the bodies was mutilated — by Pakistanis who crossed the Line of Control in the Machil sector of north Kashmir, the Indian Army launched a fire assault against Pakistani posts at different points along the LoC. Pakistan […]