Two soldiers were martyred in firing by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control (LOC), Army officials said on Tuesday.
Pakistani soldiers utilized mortars and automatic gunfire overnight, in violation of the cease-fire, said Army spokesman Col. Nitin Joshi to AP news agency. He added that the Army retaliated “strongly and productively ” to Pakistan’s unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and shelling.
The LOC remains intensely volatile, with ceasefire violations (CFVs) already jumping to over 400 in the first two months of this year.
If this trend continues-and it has shown no signs of ebbing as yet-then 2018 is likely to record the highest number of CFVs along the LoC in 15 years since the ceasefire along the 198-km international border in J&K, the 778-km line of control and the 110-km actual ground position line in Siachen arrived into force as a confidence-building measure between the two countries on November 26, 2003.
The step-up in cross-border hostilities, which saw as many as 860 CFVs along the LoC and another 120 along the international border in 2017, started soon after Indian Para-Special Forces conducted the “surgical strikes” against terror launch pads in four various locations in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to avenge the killing of 19 Indian soldiers in a suicide attack at the Army camp in Uri in September 2016.
As part of its policy to “pro-actively dominate” the 778-km LoC through punitive fire assaults and guerrilla operations , the Indian Army has destroyed several Pak Army posts in areas like Balnoi, Mendhar, Kalal, Keran, Doda, Sarla, Laleali and Banwat over the last four to five months, as reported by TOI earlier.