Ceasefire violations in J&K already more than double last year, infiltration on upswing too
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A total of 228 ceasefire violations occurred in 2016 along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, an area which is under the operational control of the Indian Army.
This year, till October 3, the number of such violations had already more than doubled to 503.
That translates roughly to around 56 violations a month on average, or almost two a day.
In fact, last year’s total figure of 228 ceasefire violations was crossed this year in July itself, underlining the frequency with which Pakistan has engaged in unprovoked firing in violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding between it and India.
As compared to the eight casualties suffered by the Indian Army due to these ceasefire violations in 2016, the number of soldiers killed this year has already touched 14.
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The number of infiltration attempts, too, has witnessed an upswing in Jammu and Kashmir.
While 88 infiltration attempts took place in 2016, the number of such bids had already touched 56 by the end of August this year.
As per official figures, 35 terrorists were killed in 2016 while trying to infiltrate into India. This year, till August, 42 terrorists had been killed while attempting to infiltrate into India.
It’s not just soldiers who are bearing the brunt of the ceasefire violations.
Civilians residing in areas near the Line of Control have also suffered collateral damage.
On October 3, the Indian government summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah and lodged a strong protest with him over the deaths of three Indian children in an unprovoked ceasefire violation on October 2 by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector.
India conveyed to Pakistan that such “deliberate targeting of civilians was not acceptable and was against humanitarian norms and practices”.