The Pakistani troops once more started firing along 4 sectors on the Line of Control on Sunday night and continued till wee hours of the morning. Though the Indian army retaliated in Krishnaghati, Mandi, Balakotem and Palanwala sectors but the situation remains tense.
Residents of border areas have suffered badly because of the incessant violation of ceasefire by Pak army and Rangers, and locals now demand a permanent solution to this menace. Although the enemy is using small arms, and automatic weapons but the peace along the Line of Control and International Border has been shattered because of the incessant violations by the Pak army. Local residents who were hoping that the new government in the state, and centre will either work out some solution or use force to muzzle the Pak guns has not been able to do much on the ground. Though Indian guns are also blazing more under the new regime but people tell that life has again become insecure and economic activity has been badly hit because of constant border skirmishes.
For the last one month, the number of border skirmishes has increased along the LoC and International Border, and fears are being expressed that this is being done to stage Kathua, and Gurdaspur like attacks. Increased firing along the border has often been associated with attempts by terrorists to cross the border, and reach their hideouts on the Indian side. Sometimes fidayeen attacks are also staged along the Jammu-Pathankot highway which is near the border. Experts tell that a majority of time the ceasefire violations happen because the Pak army wants to scuttle the peace talks between the two countries.
There is however a consensus emerging on the Indian side that a permanent solution is needed which can be achieved only by taking a very strong side both militarily, and diplomatically.