Jammu: The coronavirus outbreak has taken a huge toll on Pakistan with the country’s health system struggling to cope with the large number of COVID-19 patients.
With Islamic clerics refusing to follow the coronavirus lockdown and insisting on collective prayers in mosques during the month of Ramadan, the number of COVID-19 cases is expected to increase in Pakistan.
But despite facing a massive COVID-19 crisis, Pakistan’s military establishment, which controls the civilian government led by prime minister Imran Khan, is more focused on escalating the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.
There has been a spike in the number of ceasefire violations over the past few days and also a greater number of attempts to infiltrate terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC).
Pakistan continued violating ceasefire on the LoC for the fifth consecutive day on Friday by using small arms and mortars in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts.
For the fifth consecutive day, the Pakistan Army used small arms and was shelling with mortars to target the Indian positions on the LoC in the two districts.
“On May 22, 2020, at about 3.30 a.m., Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along Line of Control in Krishna Ghati Sector, District Poonch (J&K),” Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand told IANS
“Indian army is retaliating befittingly,” he added.
The ddefence spokesman said that again at about 7.20 a.m., Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Nowshera Sector in Rajouri District in Jammu.
The Indian Army was giving a befitting reply to this ceasefire violation also, an army spokesman said.
Pakistan has been frequently violating the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed between the two countries in October 2003.
Senior army officers believe that these ceasefire violations are a deliberate attempt by the Pakistan Army to give fire cover to terrorists so that they can sneak into the Indian side of the LoC.
The Pakistan Army has been continuously targeting the Keran Valley, Poonch, Uri Sector, Krishna Ghati and Akhnoor sectors in the Union Territory.
In 2019, a total of 3,200 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the LoC were reported as compared to 1,629 incidents in 2018, the Ministry of Defence had stated.