SRINAGAR/JAMMU: A 40-year-old woman was killed while two others were injured after Pakistan violated ceasefire for the fifth consecutive day along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri and Hajipeer sectors of
on Friday. Later in the evening, Pakistan breached truce along the LoC thrice in Poonch and once in Rajouri districts.
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing of small arms and heavy mortar shelling targeting forward Indian posts and
near the border at Uri. “A resident of
, Akhter Begum, was killed in the shelling while two other residents sustained minor injuries,” Uri SDPO Junaid Wali said. The wounded were taken to the sub-district hospital where they are under treatment. Officials said “numerous shells” landed in Nambla, Saidpora, Thajal, Silikote and adjoining villages.
The heavy cross-border fire exchange — coupled with Pakistan’s indiscriminate, intense mortar shelling in civilian areas — triggered panic among residents who fled seeking safer refuges. At least five families were evacuated in Silikote. Dread also gripped the inhabitants of Charunda, Hathlanga, Soura, Mothal,
Balakote and Tilawari
, sources said.
Uri sub-divisional magistrate Reyaz Ahmad Malik said that people fleeing from the LoC are being sheltered at the Government Girls HS School. “If needed, we will also vacate the Government Boys’ HS School and NHPC government quarters at Uri’s Bandi area,” Malik added.
Pakistan yet again breached the truce thrice on Friday evening. “Around 4.15pm, Pakistan initiated the firing of small arms and intense mortar shelling along the LoC in Poonch’s Kirni and Qasba sectors, followed by Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors around 7.15pm; and once again in Poonch’s Balakote and Rajouri’s Manjakote sectors around 7.50pm. The Indian Army effectively retaliated,” Jammu-based spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.
In the past 10 days, two soldiers have lost their lives in similar ceasefire violations by Pakistan.