19 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan In 201122 August 2011
New Delhi: Pakistan has resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir 19 times this year, violating the ceasefire that has been continuing between the two countries since 2003. 'During 2011 up to July, 19 ceasefire violations have been reported along the LoC,' a home ministry official said. India has taken up each of the ceasefire violation incident with Pakistan and lodged strong protests at flag meetings as well as weekly talks between the Director General of Military Operations of the two countries. 'All such violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan military authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism,' the official said. India and Pakistan had jointly declared ceasefire along their borders in 2003. In 2010, 44 cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported while the number of such cases in 2009 was 28 and 77 in 2008. Apart from the ceasefire violation, there have been 52 attempts of infiltration by militants till June along the border in Jammu and Kashmir. Infiltration attempts from across the border in the state have shown a marginal increase during 2009 and 2010 in comparison to 2008. In 2010, 489 militants have attempted to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir while 485 militants tried to enter the state in 2009 and 342 militants in 2008. 112 militants were killed by security forces while trying to enter India in 2010 while the number was 101 in 2009. 'India has also consistently emphasised to Pakistan the need to implement commitment that it would not permit any territory under its control to be used to support terrorism in any manner,' the official said.