J&K: 24-year-old rifleman martyred after Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri
An army soldier was martyred on Thursday after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu & Kashmir. The soldier was identified as Yash Paul, a 24-year-old rifleman who belonged to Udhampur in Jammu. Pakistani troops attacked the forward posts with mortar bombs, according to PTI. They also violated ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector. Here's more.
Since January, Pakistan violated ceasefire 110 times
Since January, Pakistan has violated ceasefire a record 110 times. On Monday, mortar bombs and small arms were fired by Pakistani troops on the forward posts in Akhnoor and Sunderbani sectors. The violations increased drastically after the Balakot airstrikes, which were executed by the Indian Air Force in response to Pulwama attack. IAF jets breached Pakistani airspace and bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed's hilltop camp in Balakot.
After handing over Abhinandan Varthaman, Pakistan violated ceasefire
As it turns out, actions of Pakistan Army and words of PM Imran Khan aren't in alignment. The day Pakistan handed over IAF wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, troops violated ceasefire in Poonch district forcing Indian Army to retaliate effectively. In the heavy shelling, a woman and her two kids, aged five and nine months, lost their lives. The woman's husband was also seriously injured.
India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire in 2003
India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in 2003 but the neighboring country has many times shown its complete disregard for laws. Ignoring repeated calls for restraint, Pakistan violated ceasefire 2,936 times in 2018, the highest in 15 years.
Meanwhile, two J&K policemen got injured in grenade attack
Separately, two policemen got injured on Thursday after terrorists lobbed a grenade at Main Chowk of Sopore in north Kashmir. The incident took place at around 10:30 am. Muddasir Ahmad, the Station House Officer of Dangiwacha police, was injured. His escort personnel sustained injuries too and both were rushed to a hospital. Subsequently, police cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.