World War 3: Pakistan truce violations at 17-year record high in support of China

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China and India have been in an ongoing military standoff which has rapidly increase since June when 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Figures from India’s parliament show how Pakistan has violated ceasefire agreements across the Line of Control (LoC) at a record high level.

Pakistan has beaten all annual records for the last 17 years in the first nine months of this year.

India’ parliament said 242 incidents of “cross-border firing” took place along the border with Jammu and Kashmir between January and August.

Indian Army records also revealed that the total number of Ceasefire Violations along the LoC was 972 in 2017 and 1,629 in 2018.

The number rocketed up to 3,168 in 2019.

But India has already recorded 3,186 Ceasefire Violations along the LoC from January to September this year.

Pakistan has increased its military force since Indian troops and China’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers’ clashes have escalated from May.

A senior Indian Army officer told The Times of India: “Pakistan is obviously supporting its ‘iron brother’ China.

“It also wants to push as many terrorists and arms as possible into Jammu and Kashmir before the mountain passes get blacked with snow.

“Our troops respond effectively and every Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan with targeted strikes.”

Tensions between China and India have continued to rise since the Galwan Valley attack in June.

The battle was the most serious military confrontation between the two neighbours in more than half a century after 20 Indian soldiers died.

India’s focus has been placed on the ongoing border dispute with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

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But India has also had to hold its ground along the LoC with Pakistan.

Indian troops have been permanently deployed in camps, bunkers and posts along the LoC as well as in the hinterland for counter attacks.

Another Indian officer told The Times of India: “If China wants to turn the LAC into something like the LoC, with stepped-up permanent troop deployments and posts, we are ready.

“Yes, it will be tough and expensive. But troops are used to the harsh climate and terrain, unlike the PLA.”

The LAC stretches 3,488km from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.

The LoC runs on a 778km border along Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian troops have also been deployed on most of the dominating heights in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region since 1984.

India launched Operation Meghdoot, in the highest battlefield in the world, pre-empting a similar move by Pakistan.

Indian forces gained control of the entire Siachen Glacier after the operation.

The Indian Army is the first army in the world to have taken tanks and other heavy military equipment up to an extremely high altitude above 5,000m.

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