Now, Pakistan targeting Indian villages? Villagers, caught in constant firing along LoC, live in fear
Poonch, J&K: As India and Pakistan celebrated their Independence Day on August 14 and 15 respectively, there has been intermittent firing between the two countries at the LoC.
Massive exchange of firing continued between the troops of both the countries through the night at the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, firing is still on in several sectors.
Three residents of Salotri village along the LoC in Poonch were injured in the firing by Pakistan. So , is Pakistan now targeting Indian villages?
People in villages along the border sit cowering in their bullet-riddled houses as Pakistani shells and rockets land intermittently. They live in fear of a fresh wave of migration after the exodus of the 1990s, when India-Pakistan tensions peaked.
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing amid rocket and mortar shell attacks on LoC posts injuring three Army jawans and a civilian in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the 11th ceasefire violation in past five days, Army officials said on Thursday.
Pakistani troops opened fire along LoC on several Indian forward posts in Balakote belt of Poonch district from 0630 hours, the officials said. Defence Spokesman, Jammu, S N Acharya said in a official release that Pakistan Army started unprovoked firing at Indian forward posts in Mendhar sector from 06:30 AM.
The Army retaliated in equal measure, resulting in heavy exchange of fire on both sides. One Army porter who had also sustained injuries has died.
There were two ceasefire violations on August 13, when Pak troops targeted Narianpur BoP along IB in Samba district and 16 Indian forward posts in Hamirpur, Balakote and Mankote forward areas in Poonch through the night.
Three ceasefire violations took place on August 12 when Pak troops fired on BoPs and Indian posts along Indo-Pak border in Durga Battalion (Poonch), Kothay (Samba) and Hamirpur-Balakote forward areas (Poonch).
On August 12, Pakistani troops opened heavy fire using mortars, rockets and small arms on 11 Indian forward posts along the LoC in Digwar, Mankote and Durga Battalion areas and it continued till next morning triggering heavy exchanges in Poonch.
(With PTI inputs)