Pakistan Army on Sunday resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling of mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesperson said.
The unprovoked firing with small arms and shelling of mortars from across the LoC started around 10.30 pm in the Balakote sector, he added.
The Indian Army retaliated befittingly, the spokesperson said, adding that there was no immediate report of any damage.
The reason behind this spike in cross-border firing is the desperation of Pakistan’s security forces who are trying to infiltrate terrorists and give cover to them by diverting the attention of the Indian security forces.
According to data, compiled by the BSF, to which ANI has access, this year Pakistan was involved in 314 firing incidents at the border till October. In contrast, the number of such incidents at the Jammu border last year was 185.
In February alone, Pakistan was involved in 36 firing incidents, as compared to 23 last year.
The data shows that from June this year, Pakistan has consistently been targeting the Indian troops and civilians through cross-border firing, which has been retaliated by the BSF.
In June, a total number of 36 incidents were reported. Pakistan had only triggered nine such incidents in the corresponding month last year.
The month of July had witnessed an almost threefold increase in such firing incidents by Pakistan as compared to last year. A total number of 18 such incidents were reported by the BSF last year, which has increased to 46 this July.
The highest cases of exchange of fire have been reported in October, which reached a peak of 65 this year. In comparison, this number was 47 last year.