The Pakistani troops on Tuesday violated ceasefire upon the Indian Territory in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia sector.
On a related note, residents of the Arnia sector have migrated to safer places after Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday.
The locals had arranged food for those affected by firing from the other side of the border.
Earlier on May 18, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in RS Pura and Arnia sectors, killing a total of five people including one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and four civilians.
The Central government has ordered to suspend the security operations against terrorist in the state during the holy month of Ramzan.
The Home Ministry said the decision has been taken to help the “peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”.
However, it clarified that the security forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”.
Meanwhile, schools along a section of the International Border (IB) were today shut by authorities due to firing and shelling by Pakistani troops, officials said. The schools were in the 5-kilometre range from the IB.
“The schools along the IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua were closed because of the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops, divisional level officials said.
Over 150 schools are situated in the range along the IB in the region, they said.
For the past one week, Pakistani Rangers and Army have directly targeted civilians areas, killing six people, including two BSF jawans, and causing injuries to 18 people along the IB.
The officials said the situation was tense as the Pakistani troops have been firing intermittently from across the border.
In fact, on Monday, the Pakistan Rangers again started unprovoked firing and shelling along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night, hours after “pleading” with the BSF to stop firing, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a trooper dead across the border.
Small-arms firing from the Pakistani side started around 10.30 pm at Narayanpur in the Ramgarh sector and was followed by mortar firing, aimed at the forward posts of the BSF and villages along the border, an officer of the border-guarding force told PTI.
The officer, who requested not to be named, said the BSF troops guarding the border retaliated to silence the Pakistani guns and the exchange of fire between the two sides was going on when the last reports came in.
However, there was no report of any casualty, he added.
Earlier on Sunday, the BSF said the Pakistan Rangers “pleaded” with themto stop firing along the IB, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead.
The BSF also released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage, showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border, in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB