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India & Pakistan exchanged fire on Kashmir border over 5,000 times in 2020, 49 Indian troops killed

There were over five thousand cross border exchanges between Indian and Pakistan border along the border in Kashmir in which 46 Indian government forces were killed. 

Referring to “Pakistani hostilities” along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh told the upper house of the Parliament that “Pakistan resorted to 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations last year in which 46 forces personnel were killed”.

Indian and Pakistani military blame each other for violation the border truce. 

Singh said: “In addition, all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meeting as well as weekly talks between the director generals of military operations of the two countries.” 

According to India’s official data, the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019 was 3,233.

“Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control and the International Border as its obligations emanating from the understanding in vogue,” he said.

Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic in the region, Indian and Pakistan have resorted to firing along the LoC. Indian side claims Pakistan fire at the border to push militants into Kashmir.

The cross border firings have increased after India announced its decision to unilaterally withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories in August 2019.

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