Three-fold rise in ceasefire violations in first five months

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2018 3:57:01 am

Tuesday night turned out to be among the worst this month when 40 border outposts of the BSF in Arnia, R S Pura and Hiranagar sectors received fire from across the border. (File)

There has been a spike in hostilities between India and Pakistan along the International Border, with the first four-and-a-half months of 2018 seeing thrice the number of ceasefire violations that were recorded in 2017. For the past one week, there has been constant exchange of fire between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers, leading to casualties and heavy property and security infrastructure damage on both sides.

According to data available with The Indian Express, there were 110 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in 2017, leading to the death of two BSF personnel and seven injuries. This year, till May 23, the figure has already crossed 300 violations on the International Border in Jammu. As many as five BSF personnel have been killed. In 2017, only 16 ceasefire violations were recorded till May on the Jammu border. That makes figures for the corresponding period this year about 20 times that of last year.

Tuesday night turned out to be among the worst this month when 40…

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