Pak resorts to heavy mortar shelling along LoC in J&K’s Poonch

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Pakistan’s Army yet again resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, by firing mortars and small arms, defence officials said today.

They said at around 7am, Pakistani rangers fired mortars and small arms in a bid to target Indian Army posts. “Our troops gave a befitting reply,” a defence official said, adding that exchange of fire remained on for almost an hour. “There was no report of any loss to life or property,” he said.

Locals living adjacent to Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district said initially a few sounds of loud bangs were heard but within no time, entire area started witnessing big bangs as there was a heavy exchange of mortars between Indian and Pakistani armies. “We were out with the livestock and some of us were busy in the fields. We ran for safety after hearing intense exchange of fire,” said Rattan Lal, a resident of Poonch.

Defence sources said that Pakistan has started intense shelling post abrogation of Article 370 last year, resorting to frequent unprovoked ceasefire violations in both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. “The Indian Army has been giving befitting replies to Pakistan every time it violates ceasefire. This time we were expecting some misadventure from Pakistan as it is the first anniversary of Article 370 rollback. Our troops are alert across LoC and are keeping a watch on every attempt made by the neighbor, be that ceasefire violation or an infiltration bid,” sources said.

As per the official records, since January this year, over 1,760 ceasefire violations have taken place in J&K, majority of them in  Poonch, Rajouri, RS Pura, Keran, Tangdhar, Machil and Uri sectors of the J&K UT. An Aarmy official said that it is the Pakistan Army that violates the 2003 CF pact every time. “We are always giving them a befitting response. There have been casualties on both sides,” he said, adding that “this year so far, there is a surge in CFV from across the LoC.”

Pertinently, after a long gap of over three decades, the government in J&K has once again started construction of community bunkers in villages close to LoC in J&K. NVI was the first to break the story about construction of community bunkers in Uri, Tangdhar and Gurez sectors of north Kashmir’s Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla district. The construction of almost 140 bunkers was started after massive protests by the locals living close to the LoC and their threats of migrating from the villages.