December 2016 News

437 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan This Year: MHA

6 December 2016
India Today
Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu

New Delhi: With the surge in terror strikes 2016 has become the most violent year in the recent times. The Ministry Home Affairs told Lok Sabha that Pakistan has violated ceasefire 437 times along the Line of Control (LOC) and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. About 37 people were killed and 179 were injured in these attacks. Minister of State (MOS) for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Parliament that 27,449 people living along the border in Jammu and Kashmir were temporarily shifted to safer places due to ceasefire violations, especially after surgical strikes carried out by Indian army on September 29. MHA also said that 6,000 people stayed in relief camps and remaining stayed with their relatives. Ahir said that of the total ceasefire violation, 216 incidents were reported along LoC and 221 incidents along International Border till November this year.Among the dead, 12 were civilians, eight were Army personnel and five were BSF personnel, he said. There were 405 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC and International Border in 2015 in which 26 people were killed and 97 others were injured.Ahir said majority of the people have since returned to their homes from relief camps. However, 220 families comprising of around 700 persons continue to be in relief camps. November 2003 Ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan has been virtually nonexistent in 2016 with more than 400 incidents of ceasefire violations.