Pak targets 10 posts along LoC, woman injured
Jammu: After a brief lull, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice on Monday and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting 10 Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district injuring one woman identified as Parveen Akhtar wife of Abdul Shaqoor resident of Chhool Sabjian.
“Pakistani troops resorted to heavy weaponr firing and mortar shelling on nearly 10 forward posts along LoC in two sectors of Sabjian and Mandi in Poonch district from 6 PM on Monday evening”, a Senior Army officer told PTI, adding in all there were two ceasefire violations on Monday.
Army troops took positions and retaliating effectively triggered heavy exchanges, which are still going on tonight, he said.
Earlier, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch Shamsher Hussain said there was cross-border firing in Sabjian sector and that one woman identified as Parveen suffered minor injuries in Gigrian village near the LoC.
However, there was no ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier, a BSF spokesman said, as an uneasy calm prevailed on Monday along the 192-km long IB.
“There has been no firing from Pakistan overnight till now. The borders are calm”, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Rajesh Kumar told PTI.
The IB witnessed heavy firing by Pakistani troops this month which left eight persons dead and over 90 injured, including 13 security men.
Pakistani troops had last resorted to firing along the LoC on Saturday when they targeted forward Indian posts on the Banwat-Shahpur sector of Poonch district, according to a senior Army officer.
To review the arrangements of border camps, Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh visited some camps in R S Pura.
“The morale of the people and troops is very high. They are fully backing action of the Narendra Modi government for giving a befitting reply to Pak”, Singh told reporters here.
The government will “appropriately respond” to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops as and when the situation demands, he said. (PTI)