Pakistan on Tuesday took to firing along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in violation of the ceasefire agreement. Indian troops counter-fired to give a befitting reply.

The firing from Pakistani side was reported from Qasba and Kirni sectors in Poonch district. “Pakistan initiated unprovoked firing of small arms and mortars at around 9.30 a.m. Indian forces retaliated befittingly,” said an official.

There were no injuries or casualties from the incident till reports came in.

Earlier, an army soldier was killed on Sunday, when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, an army official said.

The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in north Kashmir’s Uri sector by resorting to unprovoked firing on Indian posts, the official said.
The soldier, who was injured in the Pakistani firing, was taken to a medical facility for treatment, where he died, he said.

Year 2019 saw ceasefire violations by Pakistan at a five-year high. There have been more than 2,300 instances of ceasefire violation till date this year as compared to 1,629 instances in 2018.

According to the Indian Army, the high number of ceasefire violations is linked to attempts by Pakistan to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir under the covering fire.

Intelligence reports have revealed that terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba have been kept in waiting along the LoC to be pushed into the Indian territory, whenever they sense a chance.