Indo-Pak border tension flares up again

Published at July 18, 2017 02:07 AM 0Comment(s)17481views

Army man, girl killed in Pak troops’ shelling in Poonch

Indo-Pak border tension flares up again

Nazim Ali Manhas

Poonch, July 17:

 Indian and Pakistani troops on Monday exchanged heavy gunfire and mortar shells along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri. An army man and a girl were killed and two civilians and a trooper injured in cross-LoC firing and mortar shelling in twin border districts.
Defence spokesperson in Jammu said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on army posts and civilian areas in Poonch and Rajouri sectors at about 7.30 am today.
He said the army men effectively returned the fire.
“The exchange of fire and mortar shelling continued till 3 pm,” he said.
The spokesman said army man identified as Naik Muddasar Ahmed was grievously injured when mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops landed on his bunker.
He was evacuated to the MI room, where he succumbed to injuries.
Naik Muddasar belonged to Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and is survived by wife and two children.
Another army man identified as sepoy Firdous Ahmad was injured in the incident and has been hospitalized.
Official said a 5-year-old girl identified as Sayeeda, daughter of Mohammad Kafeel, was killed in Pakistani troops firing in Behroti area of Balakote sector.
He said heavy mortar shelling partially damaged half a dozen houses in the sector.
A police official said two civilians identified as Mohammad Sharif and Shah Begum were injured in Pakistani troops shelling in Naika, Panjgrain area of Manjakote sector in Rajouri district.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri ordered closure of 16 schools near LoC after the Pakistani troops firing.
The schools closed for an indefinite period include Primary Schools Sharmabasti, Korapani, Nangal, Tadyalla, Chakwa, Trutta Dhara, Mahal Rajdhani, Kalvatra Mohalla, Lal Beig, Rependi, Kotedhar, Chakli; Middle Schools Naika, Kundinakkar, Paryali, Lambibari and High Schools Khorinar and Dhar.
The Poonch-Rawalakot bus was suspended due to cross-LoC firing and shelling.
An official said heavy mortar shelling affected about 5000 people in villages of Panjgrain, Rajdhani and Naika in Manjakote sector.
He said district administration has sounded alert and advised border residents to stay indoors.
“HS Ghambir Brahmna, HSS Kakora, HSS Manjakote, Panchayat Ghar and other locations have been notified as camps for likely evacuation of border people,” the official said.
Defence sources said later in the day, Pakistani troops started unprovoked firing at three villages in Kamalkote area of Uri in Baramulla district.
They said an army man was injured in the firing.
Intermittent firing by Pakistani troops was going on till last reports came in, sources said.





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