While the Pakistan President called for sustained peace with India, the Centre on Tuesday said there were 154 ceasefire violations by Pakistan and 49 incidents of firing at BSF positions along the Line-of-Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir since 2009 killing. Fifteen Indian security personnel were killed in these incidents.
In 2012, there were 31 such violations till August, while between 2009 and 2011, the number of such incidents rose with each passing year. The figure for ceasefire violations was 29 in 2009; it rose to 44 in 2010; and 51 in 2011, minister of state for home affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
The minister said the 49 incidents of firing from the Pakistani side were reported along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir between 2009 and July 2012. Of the 49 incidents, seven were reported in 2009, 26 in 2010, 11 in 2011 and five between January and July this year.
Ramachandran said all incidents of ceasefire violations were investigated and protests are lodged with the Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings and meetings between the director generals of military operations (DGMO) and director generals of border guarding forces of the two countries.
BSF is the border guarding force along the India-Pakistan border. However, on the Line of Control (LoC), the BSF is deployed under the Army operations control.