6 injured, several shops gutted as Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch

Vishal Sharma

Pakistan on Monday once again resorted to the unprovoked cross LoC firing in the Shahpur, Kerni and Saujian sector of Poonch in which 6 civilians including woman were injured besides 11 shops were completely gutted in fire.
The fire erupted after a mortar shell landed near the oil depot on Kerosene oil vessels kept for forward posts of BSF in Saujian Gali.
Sources informed that one of the critically injured women who were rushed to the nearby government hospital was also shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu late evening by the doctors for the advance treatment considering the seriousness of her injuries.
According to the reports at about 10:30 am Pakistani troops resorted to the unprovoked firing with the small arms in the Shahpur sector of Poonch in which two women were injured in Gountrian village. The firing was retaliated with the same caliber by the army.
Later at about 11:00 am pm Pak troopers violated ceasefire in the Shahpur sector of Poonch with the light arms and later resorted to heavy 120 mm mortar shelling which inflicted injured to the four more civilians and gutted 11 shops in the Gali Maidan area of Poonch followed by explosion in Kerosene oil vessels kept in depot.
More than dozen Border Out Posts (BOPs) were targeted by the Pakistani army which remained under heavy mortar shelling for hours and which was still going on till the last reports came in. Due to the heavy mortar shelling the normal life of the region got crippled as the shells fired by the Pak army were landing in the populated area and civilian hamlets endangering both livestock and human life.
But despite that the border populace of the Poonch has refused to shift to safer places by saying that they will not leave their homes and will go ahead with the army. They said that they are not afraid of the bullets as they have seen 1965 and 1971 wars and will support the army if war takes place.
In Jammu large number of border population has taken shelter in the border migrant camps set up by the administration while order for special schooling
facilities was also issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Jammu Simrandeep Singh along with the opening of the schools where no such camps have been set up.
This was the third ceasefire violation by the Pakistan within last 24 hours and the eighth since the surgical strikes.Also on Sunday Pakistan had resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor in Jammu with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms.
On September 30, unprovoked fire was opened by Pak from small arms along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial and Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector.

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