Once considered mother of all Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), the ceasefire on the borders is now increasingly becoming a liability.
Official figures reveal Pakistan has violated ceasefire on the borders over 400 times since 2006. On Sunday too, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice by firing mortar shells, rockets and automatic weapons on forward Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch, drawing retaliation from the Indian side. The fresh ceasefire violations come a day after Pakistan troops violated the border truce thrice.
There have been 57 ceasefire violations from January 1 to August 5 this year which is almost 80% more than 2012.
There have been 216 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) from 2009 to 2012. Of which 28 were reported in 2009, 44 during 2010, 51 in 2011 and 93 in 2012. More than 35 ceasefire violations have taken places since August 6 when Pakistani troops breached the LoC and killed five soldiers at Chakan-da-bagh in Poonch sector.
There have been 110 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on LoC and IB since 2006 to 2009 June. Of which three incidents took place in 2006, 21 in 2007 and 77 in 2008. Nine violations have taken from January 1 2009 till June 2009.
The ceasefire came into force on November 26, 2003 when the then Pakistani premier Zafarullah Khan Jamali announced unilateral truce on all the three frontiers 772 kilometer LoC, 192 kilometer International Border and 122 kilometer Actual Ground Position Line at Siachen glacier as a goodwill gesture.
New Delhi also responded positively and since then both armies decided to hold fire. Army sources said for the first three years the ceasefire was more or less observed in letter and spirit by both the countries.
Pakistani, however, started showing its true colours in 2006 when it started firing on Indian positions occasionally. Around 15 Indian security personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations from 2009 to August 2012.
This year, seven army troopers were killed in two major LoC breaches by the Pakistani troops in Mendhar and Chakan da Bagh of Poonch district on January 8 and August 6. Six jawans including a BSF man were killed and five jawans were among nine people injured in ceasefire violations in August alone.
“Pakistan troops are firing mortar bomb, rockets, RPG (rocket propelled grenade) and high caliber weapons.
Pakistan is not showing any respect to the ceasefire,” said Brigadier A Sengupta, Commander 120 Infantry Brigade.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah, however, said the exchange of fire from either side would not solve any issue.
“Ceasefire violations have done no good in the past and will change nothing now. There is a need for restoring calm on borders,” he said.