A civilian and a soldier were injured after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts on Monday. The Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor was the main area targeted.
According to media reports the firing began at 4 am this morning. It has been reported that civilian Mangat Ram (67) resident of Akhnoor was hit by splinters of a mortar shell. He suffered injuries in chest and upper limbs.
Defence sources have said that army trooper deployed on forward post in Khari Karmara area of LoC in Poonch sector received injury after a shell landed near him, reported Greater Kashmir. Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, Jammu based defence spokesperson said, “Pakistani side resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing along LoC in Nowshera, Sunderbani and Pallanwala sector.”
This is recorded to be the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the last thirty-six hours. The recent ceasefire violation by Pakistan has come after the news that that Indian forces had killed seven of Pakistan’s security personnel along the border.
Pak has said that the deaths of the seven soldiers marked the heaviest casualties recorded in a single exchange of fire since India’s surgical strikes in September.
Pak military’s media arm had said on its Facebook page that the soldiers died in Bhimber sector of the LoC in a ceasefire violation by Indian troops late on Sunday night. It added, “Pakistani troops while responding to Indian unprovoked firing targeted Indian posts effectively.”
The local administration has advised the people to move to safer places and stay in the hard shelters as there was likelihood of further mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers.
The deputy commissioner has said that school, which are close since 1 November, will reopen on Tuesday, while concerned Sub District Magistrates will take call about the schools along LOC after assessing the situation in their respective areas.