74 heavy artillery attacks by Pakistan in March: Report

74 heavy artillery attacks by Pakistan in March: Report

NEW DELHI: There have been 74 instances of ‘calibre escalation’ through the use of heavy artillery and mortars by the Pakistan Army on Indian Army positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control in March, the New delhi based newspaper Economic Times has reported .
The report quoted an internal army report, whose details have been shared with the newspaper.
There have been 267 instances of ceasefire violations last month as well, making it the highest this year.
Pakistan has also taken precautionary steps near the Line of Control (LoC) by moving their reserve formations forward, according to the report. A few days after the February 14 Pulwama attack, Pakistan in expectation of a major retaliation by Indian forces had mobilised its troops along the border with India.
IN Kashmir, the report cites decline in civilian protests, stone pelting incidents and recruitment of locals into militant ranks. It reports 17 stone pelting incidents in March, 16 in February and 20 in January, besides 18 locals recruited into militancy upto March, as compared to 32 and 23 during the corresponding months last year and in 2017.
Officials told ET that the 74 instances of calibre escalation by the Pakistan Army includes the use of most of the artillery guns in its inventory. This includes 105mm, 130mm and 155mm artillery guns.