35 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan Army in Last Two Days

Heavy mortar shelling and firing of small arms were reported in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector.

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Mortar shelling and firing of small arms was reported on Thursday, 28 February. (Image used for representational purpose only)

While giving the joint statement on the ongoing India-Pakistan tensions, Major General Surendra Singh Mahal of the Indian Army, said that in the last two days, at least 35 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side have been reported.

He, however, said that the Indian Army is giving a befitting response.

“Our fight is with terrorism, till the time Pakistan supports terrorism, we are ready to target terrorist camps.”
Major General Surendra Mahal, Indian Army

Woman Killed, Jawan Injured in Repeated Ceasefire Violations

The Pakistani Army on Thursday, 28 February, shelled forward posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri districts, an official said, adding that the repeated ceasefire violations drew "strong" retaliation from the Indian Army.

News agency ANI reported that Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Poonch’s Sunderbani, Mankote, Khari Karmara and Degwar sectors. Mortar shelling and firing of small arms in the area were also reported.

PTI later reported that a woman was killed and a jawan was injured in the shelling of civilian areas and forward posts in six sectors in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Firing, which started at 6 am, paused briefly and resumed in the afternoon.

This is the seventh consecutive day that Pakistan breached the ceasefire, targeting forward posts along the LoC. 

There have been fresh ceasefire violations in Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors, officials said.

"At about 2.14 pm, the Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector in Rajouri, violating the ceasefire," the Defence PRO told PTI.

They violated the ceasefire earlier at about 1 pm, resorting to unprovoked shelling and firing along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector, he said.

“The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.”
Defence PRO

Educational Institutions Near LoC Temporarily Closed

In view of the prevailing situation, authorities have ordered temporary closure of educational institutions, located up to 5 km from the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

They have asked village residents to stay inside their homes and not move outside amid the shelling.

The year 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations, numbering 2,936 by Pakistani troops, in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.  

Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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