In the wake of the IAF strike on Balakot, which India claimed to have neutralized a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp and killed JeM leader, Yousuf Azhar, tension at the Indo-Pak border arise Wednesday morning.
According to ABP news, five Indian soldiers are injured after Pakistani troops opened heavy fire Nowshera sector, Akhnoor sector, and Krishna Ghati sector near the LoC. Other reports suggest that shellings also happened in Poonch.
The retaliation from Pakistani troops brewed after Indian jets dropped laser-guided bombs to Balakot training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed, which they described as the ‘heart of training for suicide bombing.’
India announced that the preemptive non-military strike killed 300 terrorists and effectively destroyed JeM territory – a claim disputed by Pakistan saying that there was no casualty in the bombing.
India accused Pakistan of violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement that the two countries entered into after decades of war over Kashmir, a territory claimed by both countries but occupied on half each.
Local news agencies in India reported that Pakistan had violated the ceasefire agreement countless of times. “Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India, despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides.” ABP News wrote.
Amid mounting tensions between the two countries, following the Pulwama terror attack on Feb 14 and an Indian air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed camp inside Pakistan Tuesday, people along the LoC and the International Border are living in fear.
The villages close to the LoC are being evacuated, and residents are told by authorities to move to safe zones. Temporary closure of educational institutions with 5-km radius was also ordered along the LOC in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Wednesday.
Pakistan has warned India of a retaliation ‘at the time and place of choosing’ following the IAF strike. Prime Minister Imran Khan also called a high ranking meeting to discuss the possibility of retaliation against India.
As the tension between the two countries escalates, the United Nations, European Union, and China have called for ‘maximum restraint’ from the two forces. /apr