The prestigious project, targeted to be completed in the current financial year at a cost of Rs 153.60 crore, has already been approved by the state government and union ministry of home affairs (MHA)
Soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had “inadvertently” strayed across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016 after the surgical strikes and spent nearly four months in captivity in Pakistan, has sought premature retirement.
Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate mortar shelling, automatic and small arms fire from 5.15 pm on Monday. The Indian army retaliated, a defence spokesperson said.
“The Pakistani forces have exerted great restraint but this restraint should not be construed as a sign of weakness. Any Indian misadventure on the LoC and Working Boundary can lead to a strategic miscalculation,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.
Following the recent visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the state, the Centre had approved construction of another 14,460 bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore, he said in reply to a written question.
According to Defence Ministry sources, the Pakistani army resorted to an unprovoked and indiscriminate targeting of defence and civilian facilities in Mankote area using small arms, automatics, and mortars.
A cycle of retaliation using higher calibre weapons is expanding to all sectors on LoC. Urgently needed: Restraint, statesmanship
The residents of Silikote, Balkote, Tilawari, Churanda and Batgarh have reportedly started fleeing their villages early this morning in view of the ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops at regular intervals since Monday.
This move is part of the proactive stance adopted by the Army against Pakistani posts on the LoC since September 2016, when it conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Unless urgent steps are taken to control the violence along the LoC, the worrying link between escalation and ceasefire violations would become even more precarious in the days ahead
The Indian Army’s action came two days after Pakistani troops, in unprovoked firing in Keri sector of Rajouri district, had killed its three soldiers including a Major on Saturday.
According to the study, “local military factors” at the LoC/IB are the most frequent cause of ceasefire violations.
The trade across the Line of Control (LoC) has been suspended since July 11 following heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side caused damage to trade facilitation centres and police barracks.
The NIA had said that active Hizbul terrorists, who have crossed over to Pakistan in the garb of traders, are also involved in trade across the LoC and misuse it to send money and weapons to the Indian side from PoK and Pakistan and some truck drivers are also involved in the activity.
Incidents of firing across the LoC have risen steadily since 2012, when 79 were registered, to 236 in 2013, 226 in 2014, and 279 in 2015, according to data gathered by the J&K government.