Pakistan Violated Ceasefire 192 Times In J&K This Year: Govt

11 August 2015
PTI


New Delhi: The Central Government has accused Pakistan of breaking the fragile truce between the two nations some 192 times, killing four - three civilians and one paramilitary personnel - and injuring 22 along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir until July this year. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said 7,110 were displaced and 50 houses damaged in the shooting, adding that India had responded to these breaches immediately. India's neighbour has been accused of breaking the ceasefire agreement 430 times last year, affecting 2.08 lakh people, Chaudhary said. The year 2013 saw 148 such infringements - in which two BSF personnel were killed - while 2012 witnessed 21 such violations, the Minister told the House. There have been reported instances of such breaches along the border in J&K in the past few days. 'Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised, even at highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control (LC) and abide by the ceasefire commitment of 2003 along the International Border and LC,' he said. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the Home Ministry has already moved a Cabinet note for offering Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the families of those killed in such cross-fires. Current rules state that such ex-gratia compensation is paid by the state government. Rijiju also accused some elements in Pakistan government of training terrorists to attack India. He, however, said the Home Ministry could not respond to whether it was appropriate to hold talks at the level of National Security Advisor (NSA) with Pakistan in the existing fragile scenario Talks between NSAs are likely to be held later this month.