After an Indian army officer was killed in exchange of fire along the Line of Control in Indian-administrated Kashmir, the militaries of two nuclear-armed nations continued to target each other on Saturday.
Officials told India’s Press Trust of India that Pakistan army opened heavy fire and shelled mortars at forward posts along the de facto border that divides the disputed Himalayan region between the two south Asia neighbours.
“At about 1645 hours today, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Nowshera sector in district Rajouri,” a defence spokesman said. Reports in Pakistani media said that Indian troops had started the firing.
On Friday, an Indian Junior Commanding Officer Ravinder died after being injured in shelling by Pakistan in Nowshera sector.
Kashmir recorded 5,100 instances armed clashes along the Line of Control in 2020, according to the reports.
This was the highest in the 18 years with an average of 14 cases daily. Thirty-six people were killed in these clashes and over 130 injured.
Indian officials claimed that shelling and firing by Pakistani troops was “very heavy” in 2020, virtually making the 2003 India-Pakistan border truce “redundant”.
A senior Indian police officer said that Pakistani troops repeatedly targeted forwards posts and villages along the LoC and the International Border to create a fear psychosis among people and destabilise peace along the borderline.