Woman injured in Pak firing along LoC in J&K’s Poonch

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): A 40-year-old woman was injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops in Qasba and Kirni sectors in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said today.

A defence official said that the Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Qasba-Kirni sectors in Poonch this evening by firing small arms and other weapons. “A woman sustained injuries after she was hit by a splinter at her house in Qasba village,” he said.

The injured woman was identified as Hameeda Begum, a resident of Qasba village in Poonch. “Intermittent exchange of firing was on between the armies of India and Pakistan,” an official said, adding that the Indian army was giving a befitting response.

Residents of Qasba told NVI that panic gripped the entire village with people taking cover inside their homes and locking the livestock in sheds. Farmers left crop harvesting mid-way and ran for cover, they said. “Shelling from both sides was intense. We left fields and rushed towards our homes,” a farmer said.

This year so far, over 1,900 CVFs have taken place along the LoC in J&K, which is the highest ever in the past three years. Dozens of civilians and security forces personnel have died this year in Pakistan firing along the LoC in the J&K.

-ARK