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Pak Army destroys Indian post targeting innocent civilians along LoC

Pak Army destroys Indian post targeting innocent civilians along LoC Pak Army destroys Indian post targeting innocent civilians along LoC
Melinda Barton | 16 February, 2018, 02:20

The Army on Thursday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the FO, Indian forces have committed more than 335 ceasefire violations since the start of 2018, killing 14 civilians and injuring 65 others. "From the last three to four months, there has been sustained proactive action along the LoC which has resulted in heavy damages to the Pakistan Army", sources in the security establishment reportedly said.

The retaliation by the Army comes after Indian forces opened fire on a school van earlier today and martyred its driver. Another significant development is that the army has observed that after failing to get much success in the Valley, terrorists and Pakistan Army have moved their activities towards the border along with the Jammu region, they said.

Sources said the Pakistani desperation to increase activities in the Kashmir Valley where a record number of terrorists were killed previous year as the visits of senior officers have increased significantly.

Devraj Anbu added that the Pakistan Army had played a key role in planning terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The amount of casualties inflicted on the Pakistan Army is about three times more than what the Indian Army has suffered along the LoC", said experts.

The Indian Army's policy on the Pakistan army is quite clear- to teach them a lesson when they "misbehave".

On February 7, the defence ministry informed the Parliament that there were 192 ceasefire violations (till January 29) from the Pakistani side along the Line of Control.

The strikes immensely hurt the Pakistan Army's pride, which caused them to respond with regularly violating the ceasefire, said experts.

Violations of a 2003 ceasefire pacta key confidence building measure between India and Pakistan have seen a spike in 2017 compared 2015 and 2016, it said. There were also tit for tat actions.

While there is no official word from the Indian side on the offensive, the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad issued a press statement condemning India for "unprovoked ceasefire violations" on Thursday in the Battal sector and "targeting the civilians".