Pak violates ceasefire in J-K’s Samba sector, first breach after Indo-Pak agreement

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Jammu (NVI): In a breach for the first time after India and Pakistan agreed to hold fire at the LoC, Pakistan today violated ceasefire in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The Pakistani troops fired around 20 round form small weapons at about 6.35 am.

Border Security Force (BSF) did not retaliate, as per officials.

“After a lull of over 2 months, Pakistan today violated ceasefire at International Border in Samba sector of J&K. At 0635 hrs, Pakistani troops fired about 20 rounds from small weapons towards BSF party. No loss of life/injury reported. BSF didn’t retaliate,” Officials said.

Earlier, on February 24, in an unexpected move, India and Pakistan issued a joint statement agreeing to strictly observe ceasefire regulations.

The re-commitment to the 2003 ceasefire came at a time when tensions were slowly ebbing at the LAC where India and China had been involved in a tense stand-off for the last 9 months.

Last year, There were 4,645 ceasefire violations, a record high when compared to 1,629 in 2018 and 3,168 in 2019. In the first 2 months of 2021 alone, there have been 591 violations. The dramatic rise in 2019 came after the Pulwama attacks and abrogation of Article 370.