Pak ceasefire violation: Arnia residents move to safer places

Pak opens fire along LoC in Rajouri, Poonch, jawan injured Representational Image | PTI

The Pakistani troops on Tuesday violated ceasefire upon the Indian Territory in Jammu and Kashmir's Arnia sector.

On a related note, residents of the Arnia sector have migrated to safer places after Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday. The locals had arranged food for those affected by firing from the other side of the border.

Earlier on May 18, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in RS Pura and Arnia sectors, killing a total of five people including one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and four civilians.

The Central government has ordered to suspend the security operations against terrorist in the state during the holy month of Ramzan.

The home ministry said the decision has been taken to help the "peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment".

However, it clarified that the security forces "reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people". 

Union minister Jitendra Singh on Monday said Pakistan was guilty of sacrilege for killing innocent civilians during the holy month of Ramzan.

Singh said Pakistan, which was carved out to establish a dispensation based on the principles of the "Quran", had proved unworthy of its avowed objective.

He added that it was for the entire world to see that while, during the observance of "Roza", every practising Muslim was forbidden from causing harm to fellow human beings, there was an Islamic State that found nothing wrong in indulging in violence and killing of civilians.

Singh also said under the current BJP-led government, the forces enjoyed the professional freedom to decide on the nature and quantum of retaliation, based on their discretion and on-the-spot assessment.