With a series of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army targeting civilians, and heavy artillery fire by the Indian Army, LoC is once again boiling over. Six civilians, four Indian Army personnel and a BSF militia were killed in shooting from Pakistan in three sectors, and official Pakistani media said one Pakistani soldier and five civilians were killed by Indian cross-border shelling. The government accuses Pakistan of carrying out the shootings as a means of providing cover for terrorists who infiltrate India before winter snow closes underground routes and routes, and issue démarche to Pakistan’s top diplomat in New Delhi on Saturday condemned “coordinated firing across the LoC using heavy caliber weapons, including artillery and mortars, against Indian civilians” by the Pakistan Army. The temperature was further raised by the political words of the highest level. Prime Minister Modi’s speech, as he stood on a tank during Deepavali’s visit to the Longewala post, warned about “prachand answers (fierce reply) “ to Pakistan, and criticized China’s “expansionist mindset”, albeit without naming any of its neighbors. Hours later, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that there must be “doubts” of Pakistan’s ability and “national determination” to defend its borders. Pakistan’s attack on LoC was followed by allegations of terror against India. In a new diplomatic tactic, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi appeared at a joint press conference with the Pakistani military spokesman, claims to have a “dossier” about India’s involvement in the terror attacks inside Pakistan which it says primarily targets the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project. India called the press conference a “futile anti-India propaganda exercise” and said the accusations were fabricated.
The current situation in LoC cannot be normalized and must be taken seriously. Military officials now say 2020 has seen the highest firing rate since the 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement, with a record number of ceasefire violations of 4,052 by Pakistan since January. Pakistan’s intention is to provoke India ahead of a two-year term at the UN Security Council starting January 2021, as well as to cause trouble before the Financial Action Task Force’s review in February. By calling CPEC, Pakistan also appears eager to deepen India-China ties which have experienced what Foreign Minister Harsh Shringla called the “worst crisis” since 1962, as a result of PLA aggression at LAC in Ladakh and strife. . Studying the current escalation by Pakistan, it must be proven that India’s threat matrix includes the very real likelihood of a two-front situation in which the Army will engage in LoC and LAC simultaneously, along with a possible spike in terrorist activity in Jammu and Kashmir.