The Indian Army said on Friday it had shelled a terrorist launch pad and an ammunition dump across the de facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, shelling Pakistan for allegedly breaking an informal ceasefire between the two countries.
“There are reports of heavy damage on enemy side,” said a government spokesperson in Srinagar. India responded after being attacked in Keran Sector of Kupwara district, he said.
TV news channel NDTV showed drone camera footage released by the Indian Army, apparently showing Pakistani targets ablaze. Indian soldiers didn’t cross the Line of Control (LoC) —as the de facto border is called—in the military action, media reports said.
News agency PTI, while quoting unnamed police officials, reported Pakistan had violated the ceasefire in Uri area of Baramulla district too. Six Indian security personnel were injured in Sunderbani-Nowshera sector of Rajouri district last week when Pakistan fired at them.
All through the week, it fired small arms and mortar shells along the LoC in Poonch district.
India’s junior defence minister told Parliament in March that Pakistan violated the ceasefire at least 646 times between January 1 and February 23 this year. More than 3,200 ceasefire violations were recorded in 2019.
India says its soldiers crossed the LoC in September 2016 to carry out “surgical strikes” against what it called were terrorist camps.
In March 2019, India carried out air strikes on what it said was a militant camp in Pakistan in retaliation for a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 paramilitary soldiers in its part of Kashmir on February 14.