21 Indians killed in over 2000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year: MEA

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More than 2,000 unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan have claimed lives of 21 Indians this year, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday.

“We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in support of cross border terrorist infiltration and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by them,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

“This year they have resorted to more than 2,050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died,” he said.

“We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquillity along the (Line of Control) LoC and (International Border) IB,” he added

The developments came amid ongoing tension between India and Pakistan over the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.