Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times, the highest in seven years, along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LC) till October this year, according to the data compiled by the Union Home Ministry. In 2016, Pakistan violated the ceasefire 449 times.
The firing from across the border resulted in the killing of 12 civilians and 17 security personnel till October, a home ministry official said quoting the data. As many as 79 civilians and 67 security personnel were also injured in the firing.
The ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November 2003.
In the annual press meet held in New Delhi ahead of celebrating 52nd Raising Day, Director General BSF K. K. Sharma, while touching upon the cross-border firing issue, said that the BSF faced ‘numerous unprovoked’ cross-border firing in Jammu area during the last one year and dealt with it accordingly. “Whenever the fire has come from across the border, it has been effectively and suitably retaliated with the same calibre,” he informed.
India shares a 3,323km long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LCC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.