In the first 11 months of 2016, Pakistan has violated ceasefire 437 times at the Line of Control and along the International Border. These incidents of 437 ceasefire violations from the Pakistan side have led to 37 people losing their lives and 179 injured. The data was tabled in the Lok Sabha yesterday.
Mr. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, the minister of State for Home, said 27449 people living along the border in Jammu and Kashmir were temporarily shifted to safer places due to much increased ceasefire violations after the surgical strikes. Of them, around 6,000 people stayed in relief camps while the remaining moved to other safer locations inside the country or to their relatives.
There has been a very significant increase in unprovoked ceasefire violations this year as compared to the last year. While there was a total of 405 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2015, the number is already close to 450 in just 11 months. Also, the number of people who died in these ceasefire violations last year was 26.
The ceasefire violations have been severe this year as Pakistan is trying to push more and more terrorists inside India. One of the key reasons for Pakistan to violate ceasefire is to give cover fire to the terrorists who are trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory. Our security forces have also replied to the ceasefire violations very strongly. Last month, Indian Army launched a massive offensive and shelling in which 16 posts of Pakistan were completely destroyed, leading to the death of soldiers as well as civilians on the other side of the border. Devastated by India’s surgical strikes in September when Indian Army paratroopers went inside the Pakistan territory and killed a large number of terrorists, Pakistan has increased ceasefire violations.