Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fresh ceasefire violations in Poonch: 5 injured

 Fresh ceasefire violations in Poonch: 5 injured

Jammu: Tension on the border escalated on Saturday, 18th July 2015 with fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Rajouri and Poonch sectors on Eid leaving five civilians including three women injured, in six incidents in the last four days.

Pakistan army used 82 MM mortar shells, RPG, PIKA and MMG fire as they targeted two Indian villages of Jutrian and Kasba in the Poonch sector, a senior Army officer said.

"Even as the people were celebrating Eid, Pakistan troops resorted to the use of heavy fire targeting two villages on our side," the officer said.

All the injured have been evacuated and shifted to the district hospital Poonch for treatment, he said.

He said that the Indian army retaliated but "We did not increase the calibre of the fire as people across the border are also celebrating Eid today."

Amid the prevailing tension, Pakistani Rangers refused to accept sweets offered by BSF, leaving a bitter note on the occasion of Eid.

Pakistan Army opened "unprovoked firing" in two separate incidents in a span of 12 hours, targeting several Indian positions in Naushera sector of Rajouri district and the two villages in Poonch sector, the officer said.

Indian positions in Naushera sector were targeted at 9:25 last night and the firing lasted till 11:45 PM, a defence spokesman said today.

"Our troops effectively retaliated to the unprovoked firing from across the border," he said, adding no loss of life or injury was reported from the Indian side.

In the second incident at Poonch, Pakistan army again resorted to "unprovoked firing" on the Indian positions this afternoon at around 1:50 pm and the intermittent firing continued for several hours during which the Indian side effectively retaliated.

Five persons including three women were injured in the two villages in the firing from across the border, he said.

Six ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have taken place since July 15 leaving one killed and 16 injured.

In July, there have been 11 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army..

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