New Delhi/Srinagar/Jammu: The Indian Army on Wednesday said it has warned the Pakistan Army “not to target civilian areas” as it continued to violate the ceasefire along the Line of Control as well as the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Army said, as per news agency ANI, that while overall situation along the LoC remained relatively calm, there has been intense and unprovoked firing using heavy calibre weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani over the last 24 hours.
The Indian Army effectively retaliated to the ceasefire violations and no casualties have been reported on the Indian side, ANI reported.
The Army, meanwhile, reiterated that as a professional Army, it is committed to avoiding civilian casualties, especially along the LoC. “All actions taken by our defence forces are targeted towards counter-terrorism and terrorist infrastructure, away from civilian areas, to avoid civilian casualties,” the Army said.
During the firing on forward posts and villages along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts, panic spread among border residents, officials said. However, no casualty or injuries were reported.
Pakistan had violated ceasefire at Nowshera and Sunderbani in Rajouri and Krishna Ghati in Poonch districts on Tuesday as well.
There has been a sudden surge in ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC following the Indian Air Force strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26. The air strikes came days after the February 14 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in which 40 personnel were killed.
Don’t target civilian areas: Indian Army warns Pakistan amid heavy firing along LoC – Times Now