India says Pakistan violated ceasefire agreement in Kashmir

An Indian border villager sorts debris from a house damaged after mortar shell allegedly fired from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border hit the building in Kalsian village on March 4, 2019.
An Indian border villager sorts debris from a house damaged after mortar shell allegedly fired from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border hit the building in Kalsian village on March 4, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI (BLOOMBERG) - India said Pakistani forces have violated a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in Kashmir and accused its neighbour of failing to take credible action against terror groups.

There was shelling with mortars and the firing of small arms by Pakistan in the early hours of Sunday (March 10), and India "retaliated befittingly", according to an Indian defence official.

The Indian army separately said it brought down a drone on Saturday in Ganganagar in the state of Rajasthan, a city near its border with Pakistan.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours escalated in recent weeks after a Pakistani-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, claimed responsibility for a Feb 14 suicide bombing that killed 40 troops in the India-controlled portion of Kashmir.

India later bombed targets inside Pakistan, saying it hit a terrorist training camp blamed for the attack. A further clash led to the capture of an Indian pilot by Pakistan, who was subsequently released.

Pakistan hasn't taken proper action against terror groups operating from its soil and remains in a state of denial, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said on Saturday.

The presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge, Mr Kumar said.

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reiterated that terrorist groups will not be allowed to operate from the country.