Amidst the repeated warnings, Pakistan has made over 2,000 unprovoked ceasefire violations this year, said Ministry of External Affairs today. The violations have led to the deaths of 21 civilians this year, the spokesperson said, pointing out that India has been constantly asking the neighbour to rein in its forces. The violations include those in support of cross-border terrorist infiltration and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by Islamabad.
“We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in support of cross border terrorist infiltration, and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by them,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
“This year they have resorted to more than 2,050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LOC and IB. Indian forces exercise maximum restraint and respond to unprovoked violations and attempts at cross border terrorist infiltration,” he added.
While addressing an event at Surat for the families of 122 soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty yesterday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had also warned Pakistan should stop promoting terrorism. Mr Singh said if its people cross the Line of Control, the Indian Army will not allow them to return adding that Pakistan is unable to digest India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.