Pakistan troops today violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (Loc) in Akhnoor sector in Jammu, breaking a two-day lull in cross-border skirmishes, officials said. “The firing from across the border started around 0300 hours and stopped at 0630 hours,” a defence spokesman said.He said Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing mortar shells and small arms on forward posts and villages.“Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” the spokesman said adding there was no report of any casualty on Indian side. Barring a two-hour cross-border firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Saturday afternoon, the guns had fallen silent all along the LoC since Friday night. The ceasefire violations by Pakistan witnessed a spurt after India’s air strike at Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Feb. 26 in a “pre-emptive” action following the terrorist group’s Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lashed out the opposition for questioning his statement that the presence of Rafale fighters would have given greater firepower to the IAF during the February 27 aerial engagement with Pakistan. Modi said India would not sit quietly in the fight against terrorism and would do all to cure it from the root, which lies in Pakistan. Lashing out at statements from opposition party leaders who demanded proof of the February 26 air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, Modi said his objective was to end terror while that of the opposition was to remove him.