Day after India and Pakistan governments exchanged warnings, there was steep decline in firing and shelling along International Border and Line of Control in Jammu division, officials and reports said.
According to GNS, the India and Pakistan on Thursday warned each other if the either side didn’t halt violating ceasefire. Both the sides so far have accused each other of violating 2003 ceasefire agreement.
“If Pakistan persists with this adventurism, our forces will make the cost of this adventurism unaffordable,” the Indian Defence Minister, Arun Jaitey had said. While the Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif had said: “Pakistan is fully capable to respond to any ‘Indian aggression.”
Reports said there was no firing in Jammu and Samba districts except in Hira Nagar in Kathua district. The Pakistan army fired on four Border Security Force (BSF) Outposts along IB in Hira Nagar, a spokesman of the Force was quoted as having said in a report.
The heavy exchange of fire and mortars have claimed eight lives from the Indian side and nine lives from the Pakistan side, officials of the two countries said. Thousands of people living close to border have fled and are living in makeshift camps to escape shelling.
After decline in firing, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Friday said their soldiers have shut Pakistan’s mouth. “Pakistan hasgot a befitting lesson. They will not dare to repeat it again,” reports, quoting Modi, said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef, after chairing the National Security Meet said that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misunderstood. According to reports, Shareef expressed sorrow over the loss of civilian lives due to Indian firing and called honouring the sanctity of the border with India.