05 March, 2021

The Shells Don’t Stop

Away from Ladakh, cross-LoC violations keep the Indo-Pak pot boiling

Photograph by Umer Asif
The Shells Don’t Stop

The military stand-off between India and China in eastern Ladakh has taken the focus away from the Line of Control (LoC) that witnesses firing and shelling between the Indian and Pakistani armies almost every day, leading to casualties on both sides. On October 1, two Indian soldiers were killed during heavy shelling in the Nowgam sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, and another in Jammu’s Poonch sector. On October 5, Subedar Sukhdev Singh was killed in a ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector. Regular cross-LoC shelling has been reported from Shahpur Kirni, Qasba and Mendhar sectors of Poonch, and Rajouri in Jammu. The first six months of 2020 saw a 75 per cent rise in ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to the same period last year. The government told Parliament that there have been 3,186 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu from January 1 to September 7. Also, 242 incidents of cross-border firing from January 1 to August 31 were reported in the Jammu region, along the...

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