School children worst hit as Pakistan shells villages along LoC

School children worst hit as Pakistan shells villages along LoC

School children worst hit as Pakistan shells villages along LoC

Earlier, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir also condemned Sunday's ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kahsmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts saying that it shall "cost Pakistan dearly". The Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) have also lost at least nine personnel during this period in relentless firing by Pakistan.

He said ever since the Modi government assumed office in 2014, there have been a 500 per cent rise in ceasefire violations, which he described as a "pre-meditated undeclared attack" on Indian forces.

Pointing out that Pakistani shelling started around 11.15 am in Shahpur area, sources said it spread to Balakote sector in Mendhar and Manjakote in adjoining Rajouri disitrict.

The ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan was signed in October, 2003.

Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply over the past few years.

The killed soldiers included Captain Kapil Kundu, who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on February 10.

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Elaborating upon the latest cycle of violence, they said it started from December 23 a year ago after a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army was killed in sniper fire from across the LoC.

He added that Turkey as chair of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had taken a "strong moral and ethical position" to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir.

"Pakistan has been repeatedly intruding into Indian territory and killing our soldiers".

He was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani Rangers in J&K's Rajouri district on January 13.

He said that almost 250 migrant families have occupied the class rooms for the past about 10 months as a result of which the students had no option but to take their classes under the open sky.

Also in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984. People residing near LoC are moving to safer places amid fear of constant ceasefire violations.

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