After grenade attack, Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch

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Vishal Sharma

After a lull of over four months, Pakistan once again resorted to ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur Kerni sector of district Poonch on Sunday, a day ahead of Independence Day.

The Pak army started unprovoked small arms and automatic weapon firing at Shahpur Kandi sector at about 3 am which was retaliated with the same caliber. The cross firing remained continue for hours as Pak rangers resorted firing from automatic weapons to heavy mortar shelling.

Though, no loss of life or property was reported from the region but a lady namely Qasima wife of Munir Hussain resident of village Kasba tehsil Mandi of Poonch sustained splinter injuries in his leg and was shifted to Sub District Hospital Poonch where she is undergoing treatment.

The violation took place after a grenade attack on Buddha Amarnath pilgrims near Dashnami Akhara temple in Poonch, where almost 15 people were injured on Saturday.

“The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir,” said PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta.

He further said the Pak army started unprovoked small arm and automatic weapon firing in the wee hours and later resorted to mortar shelling small arm and automatic weapon fire in Poonch sector since 3 am.

He added that the unprovoked firing was retailed with the same caliber by the alert troops and no casualties or damage to our troops was reported.

Pertinent to mention here that the ceasefire violation comes after over four months as the last such incident took place on April 10, this year in Poonch sector. Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others were injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan which included 253 incidents along International Border (IB) and 152 along the LoC.

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