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Heavy shelling by Pak in areas along LoC, woman injured

Last updated on: March 01, 2019 19:24 IST

Pakistan on Friday heavily shelled areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts leaving a woman injured, the eighth consecutive day that it has violated the ceasefire.

Officials said Pakistan troops used heavy guns including Howitzer 105 mm to target civilian areas in Poonch.

"Pakistani troops resorted to firing and mortar shelling along the LoC in Krishnagati sector and it ended around 0130 hour," an official said.

The firing and mortar shelling continued overnight in several sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts, the official said adding the Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.

 

A woman identified as Naseem Akhtar was injured in the firing in Mankote area of Poonch, officials said.

"About 1615 hours (04.15 pm) on Friday, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera sector," the defence public relations officer said.

On Thursday, a woman was killed and a jawan was injured when Pakistani Army heavily shelled civilian areas and forward posts in six sectors along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri districts, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army.

The Pakistan Army has violated the ceasefire for over 60 times during the last one week by targeting over 70 civilian and forward areas along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri, Jammu and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in which one woman was killed and 9 persons were injured.

In view of the prevailing situation, authorities have ordered temporary closure of educational institutions in a 5-km radius along the the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

They have asked all border dwellers to remain inside their homes.

Amid high tension along the LoC, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh accompanied by the White Knight Corps Commander, Lt Gen Paramjit Singh visited forward posts in Rajouri Sector to review the operational preparedness on Thursday.

The year 2018 had witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violation, numbering 2,936 by Pakistani troops, in the last 15 years.

Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides.

District administration reaches out to border dwellers in Rajouri

The district administration has reached out to the people affected by cross border shelling in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district to provide necessary help to them, officials said on Friday.

Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad visited forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Manjakote sector to take the first-hand appraisal of the measures being put in place to help the affected people, they said.

The Pakistan Army has violated the ceasefire for over 60 times during the last one week by targeting over 70 civilian and forward areas along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri, Jammu and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in which one woman was killed and nine people were injured.

The deputy commissioner, who was accompanied by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yougal Manhas and other top officials of various departments, interacted with the affected people of the areas.

He was apprised of several issues like construction of new individual and community bunkers and proper rehabilitation of border people.

Asad also directed the officials to station themselves at headquarters to redress the problems of the people and ensure provision of all the basic amenities so that they do not face any hardship.

The deputy commissioner also inquired about the contingency plan for setting up of safe shelters if required in an emergent situation.

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