The ministry of defence has asked the army and the military intelligence to give an assessment report on the recent incidents of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army on the International Border.
According to an official, the Pakistan army has changed its strategy by shifting its focus from the Line of Control to the relatively-peaceful International Border in J&K. The Pakistan army has breached ceasefire pact more than 200 times till now this year, as compared to 117 times in entire 2012 and 61 times in 2011.
Surprisingly, about 35 incidents of firing from across the border have taken place on the International Border since October 15. And the Line of Control, which had witnessed 170 incidents of heavy firing by the Pakistan army this year, has been reportedly peaceful since October 18.
“Change of strategy by the Pakistan army has surprised everyone. The focus has shifted from the volatile LoC to the peaceful International Border. We need to read the mind of the enemy and assess the situation,” a defence ministry official said.
Since August 5, the Pakistan army has been constantly firing at forward Indian posts with mortar and heavy artillery and the Indian army has also retaliated accordingly. Several Indian posts in Poonch, Uri, Rajauri and Mendhar on the LoC were regularly targeted by the Pakistan army.
Sources said that due to heavy exchange of fire on the LoC, several villagers in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir reportedly migrated from there.
“Several villagers of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir reportedly migrated from their houses due to retaliatory firing by the Indian army. This put pressure on the Pakistan army to stop firing at Indian posts on the LoC,” an official told dna. Thirteen people, including a Captain of the Pakistani army, have been killed in the firings.
Sources claimed that, it forced Pakistan army to shift its focus from LoC to the International Border in the Jammu region.
Heavy exchange of fire was reported from Kathua, Samba, Hira Nagar, RS Pura and Pargawal sectors and about 250 villages were badly affected. People living in the area near the border are considering migrating to safer places as their houses have been damaged in the firing.