Ceasefire violations along India-Pakistan border were highest in 2020, reveals RTI

An RTI has revealed that regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border were highest in 2020. The 12 months 2020 witnessed 4,645 violations, which equates to just about 12.7 violations a day.

Between January 1 and February 16 this 12 months, there have already been 524 ceasefire violations along the border, which is greater than 11 violations a day.

The RTI was filed by Pune-based activist Prafful Sarda. In the final seven years underneath the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities, there have been 11,424 ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border. However, between 2004 and 2013, there had been solely 523 ceasefire violations.

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CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS HAVE INCREASED IN LAST 7 YEARS

The RTI reply acknowledged that in 2004, there had been just one ceasefire violation, which solely elevated in the next years. It reached double digits in 2007 with 21 ceasefire violations, and rose to 77 in 2008. A small dip was seen in 2009 with 28 ceasefire violations, however then it rose to 44 in 2010. In 2013, 199 incidents of ceasefire violations were recorded.

In 2014, when the NDA authorities got here to energy, 153 ceasefire breaches were witnessed and the subsequent 12 months, it remained at 152. From 2016, the graph reveals a steep climb. In 2016, 228 violations were recorded, 860 in 2017, 1,629 in 2018 and three,233 in 2019. But, it was 2020 that noticed 4,645 ceasefire violations.

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Sarda mentioned, “It is an unbelievable fact that has come out through RTI that despite surgical strike and airstrike, ceasefire violations have increased in the last four years. And was highest in 2020. If we compare it to 2004, it has hiked by 4,600 per cent.”

ON AREA ACQUIRED BY CHINA WITHIN INDIAN TERRITORY

Prafful Sarda had additionally sought particulars in regards to the space acquired by China inside Indian Territory, particularly in the Doklam space. “Details of such violations along the LAC and details for Doklam area are exempted from disclosure under section 8(1) (a) of RTI Act-2005,” the reply said.

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This section states that, “A public authority is not under obligation to furnish the information disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.”

ON PREVENTIVE AND IMMEDIATE ACTION TAKEN BY INDIAN ARMY

The activist had also sought details about preventive and immediate action taken by the Indian Army to stop ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LOC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

“All the ahead posts along the Line of Control (LC) are adequately strengthened to resist enemy fireplace. All infringements by Pakistan troops are retaliated appropriately,” the RTI reply stated.

“All incidents of ceasefire violations are taken up with Pakistan navy authorities on the acceptable degree by way of the established mechanism of hotline and flag conferences. These violations are additionally taken up by way of diplomatic channels by MEA with Pakistan to place strain to stop such violations and keep peace and tranquillity along the LoC,” it further said.

Sarda had also sought other details like the number of soldiers, officers, locals, tourists injured and killed, along with details of properties damaged, in these ceasefire violations. He also asked if there were any counter-attacks to these ceasefire violations and how many enemy personnel lost their lives. However, he received no reply to these queries.

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