Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir– Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan-Four Indian soldiers, including an officer, have been killed in the latest cross-border skirmish in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, deputy commissioner of Rajouri sector, informed Al Jazeera the four troops were assassinated and one injured after the Pakistani army opened fire on Indian posts in the Jammu region on Sunday evening.
“The situation is tense up currently on the border,” Choudhary said.
The latest bombard was ongoing until late on Sunday, he added.
Further, Choudhary added that “Most of the areas around the border have been affected due to the ceasefire violation. Though it is difficult to evacuate the civilians at night, we are continuously monitoring the situation”.
School nearby the affected areas have been ordered to shut down for next three days by Officials
No immediate response has been received by Pakistan.
Growth in hostilities
Since last month hostilities have between India and Pakistan have increased on the de facto border.
In January deadly clash between two countries which continued for three days killed more than dozens of people including six civilians.
In spite of 2003 ceasefire, India and Pakistan repeatedly trade fire across the so-called Line of Control (LoC), the military demarcation between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Kashmir.
India regularly charges Pakistan of helping fighters in crossing the LoC to strike Indian targets. Though, Pakistan denies the allegations.
This kind of incidents (violence between two neighboring countries) often affects the people living near the boundary severely. This violence has also caused lots of losses. Earlier on Sunday, a teenage girl was wounded in the Poonch region.
After independence in 1947 from Britain, India and Pakistan have fought two of three wars over Kashmir, which both countries claim in its entirety.
The Muslim population in Kashmir have deep Anti-India sentiment running, and most support the rebels’ cause against Indian rule.
Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives in the years of violence.