Pakistani forces on Sunday resorted to heavy firing from across the border along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the Army said, according to PTI. The incident comes a day after four Army personnel were killed after Pakistani Army violated ceasefire in Rajouri district.
The attack began after Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and villages in Shahpur sector on Sunday afternoon, an unidentified police official told PTI. The Indian forces were retaliating effectively, he added.
In a separate incident, gunshots were heard in Arem Mohallah Watoo village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday, ANI reported. The Army and the state police was conducting a search operation in the area.
Meanwhile, the Congress criticised the government’s Pakistan policy and said that the death of four soldiers in Rajouri on Saturday was a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “flip-flops and somersaults” on Pakistan.
“There were 583 major ceasefire violations in 2014 [between June-December], 400 in 2015, 450 in 2016 and 900 this year,” party spokesperson Manish Tewari said. “The prime minister points fingers at others, accuses people who have occupied top posts of committing treason, but this government seems incapable of protecting our borders.”
About 117 young people in Kashmir have joined the militancy in 2017, PTI reported on Sunday. The numbers are based on human intelligence reports and the interrogation of arrested militants.
This is the highest number since 2010, when the authorities began collecting such data.Most of those who joined the militant groups are from the regions of south Kashmir such as Anantnag, Pulwama, Awantipora, Shopian and Kulgam.