India-Pakistan tensions updates: More ceasefire violations along LoC

Mangala Dilip
Amid tensions, Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit states neighboring countries should work things out.

The tensions between India and Pakistan continue to escalate as Pakistan violated ceasefire in Kalsiyan, Kalal and Baba Khori area of Naushera sector early morning on Tuesday, October 4.

Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, spokesperson for the Indian Defence Ministry, stated that the "unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troop" began in the three locations around 3 am (IST). The attacks were initiated by Pakistan using "small arms, automatics and mortars," to which Indian forces reportedly retaliated in kind.

Further, the Border Security Force (BSF) seized an abandoned Pakistani boat from Tota Guru post (Dera Baba Nanak post) on the Ravi river in Punjab on Tuesday, October 4. On Sunday, October 2 evening, Pakistan had targeted Indian posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

These attacks, among the many others, were initiated by Pakistan government after India conducted a surgical strike along the Line of Control on September 28, during which many terrorist gangs based in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir were destroyed.  

Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad even challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start a war following the surgical strikes. "Ye laaton ke bhoot baaton se baaz nahi aate, inko laate hi maarni padengi [Pakistan shouldn't get scared India's empty threats, it should respond in action],"Miandad told a Pakistani T Vchannel, adding "They [Indians] are cowards. Action is the best reaction," he added. 

Call for peace

Pakistani Envoy Abdul Basit insisted on the two countries having a conversation regarding the tensions. "If India is ready, Pakistan will be willing. But if India is not ready, we can always wait. India has to make up its mind," said Basit. This seems to be a sentiment shared by the locals in Kashmir, the epicentre of India-Pakistan tensions. 

Pakistan holds all party conference

Meanwhile, Pakistan held an All Parties Conference on Monday to discuss India's LoC violations and the unrest in Kashmir. "India should know that it will get a befitting response for its terrorism over water in Jammu and Kashmir," Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar said, echoing the sentiments of most leaders gathered at the function.

Russia and the US in favour of India 

Despite landing their soldiers in Pakistan for their first military exercise earlier this month, Russia is reportedly in support of the surgical strike that India conducted. Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin said that Russian Federation plainly admits that terrorists come from Pakistan.

"India should not be concerned about military exercises between Russia and Pakistan because the theme of the exercise is anti-terror fighting. It's in India's interests that we teach the Pakistani Army not to use itself for terror attacks against India. And the exercise was not held in any sensitive or problematic territories like the Pakistan-occupied Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir," Kadakin told CNN-News18. 

The United States, meanwhile, has called for US "calm and restraint" from both countries, further confirming that its position on the Kashmir issue is unwavered. "...I would remind you that we are having conversations with both countries on the importance of reducing the tensions in the region," State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters on Monday, October 3.