Five villagers killed in heavy shelling by Pakistan along IB
Fear was writ large on the faces of kin of the injured, who were shifted to the hospital here. “We thought we will die any time, such was the firing of mortar bombs and their bursting sound,” Karan Singh of Pindi village said.
“We have become sitting ducks for Pakistan to target us.
Government should do something immediately. We cannot live on the border to die,” Rano Devi said.
Congress and BJP said the ceasefire violations by Pakistan were a “serious” issue and it should desist from such activities.
“Whatever Pakistan is doing is certainly a serious matter. And we want to tell Pakistan that indulging in such activities is not good for that country,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Condemning Pakistan’s actions, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said it is despicable that such incidents have occurred on Eid. “There cannot be anything worse than this,” the Congress leader said.
Party leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, asked why Modi government was “keeping silent”.
“It’s most unfortunate that firing is going on from Pakistan side in Jammu and Kashmir and at this juncture any firing from across the border is very very critical. It’s most unfortunate that the Government is also keeping silent,” he said.
Yesterday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked and heavy firing on Indian forward posts along LoC in Balnoie sub-sector of Poonch district.
On October 4, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and mortar shelling along LoC in in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Army.
On October 1 and 2, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire two times along LoC in Poonch district resulting in injuries to six people, including three women. .