JAMMU: Pakistani troops on Friday violated ceasefire by firing mortars shells and small arms in Poonch district’s Sawjian sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
"At about 0830 hours, Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing with small arms along the LoC in Swajian sector of Poonch," PRO defence said.
“The Indian Army retaliated very strongly and effectively”, they added.
The border witnessed a skirmish after India's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
There has been a spurt in ceasefire violation by Pakistan after India's air strike at Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot on February 26.
Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and small arms across the Line of Control at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
It includes Nowshera, Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors in Rajouri district, Gawahalan, Chokas, Kiker and Kathi posts in the Uri sector and Poonch Balakote.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.
On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
On February 26, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation and attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
In response, On February 27, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the Line of Control and the aerial fight ensued.
Subsequently, Indian fighter jet shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet, which landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured an Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. However, he was released on March 1st after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody.
Subsequently, Pakistan lost one F-16 fighter jet while India lost MiG-21 fighter jet, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was arrested by Pakistan. However, on March 1
he was released.
Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
On March 25, Indian Air Force Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had said, once Rafale jets come in, Pakistan won't dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC) or the international border.
In an exclusive talk to the news agency ANI, BS Dhanoa has said Rafale jet will be the best compact aircraft in the Indian sub-continent once these are inducted.
"When the Rafale comes in, the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold. Pakistan will not come anywhere near the LoC or the border, with the kind of capability that we will possess, for which presently they don't have an answer", BS Dhanoa had said.
The first Rafale aircraft under a 36-plane deal with France is scheduled to be delivered in September.
The Rafale will be armed with Meteor air-to-air missiles which have the capacity of shooting down enemy planes at strikes ranges up to 150 kms.