JAMMU: Two months after signing a ceasefire agreement with India on February 25, Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing along the International Border (IB) in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, Jammu & Kashmir, early on Monday.
According to sources, Pakistani forward posts manned by 10 Chenab Rangers fired around four mortar rounds and 20 rounds from small weapons towards Indian forces deployed at the Majra border outpost. “Indian security personnel observed restraint. No loss of life or injury was reported,” a BSF spokesperson said.
On April 25, alert BSF troops had foiled an attempt by Pakistan to fly a drone into Indian territory over the IB in Arnia sector of Jammu.
India and Pakistan had agreed to a ceasefire along the border in a joint statement on February 25, following which the guns had fallen silent, bringing much relief to border populations. Currently, harvesting of standing crops is in progress along the fence in border villages.
The two countries had signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003 but it was hardly followed in letter and spirit, with more violations than observance. The last three years were the worst, with 2,936 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2018, 3,289 in 2019 and 5,133 in 2020.