Ceasefire violation: Pakistan shells LoC villages in Poonch, girl killed, four injured

A teenage girl was killed and four persons were injured as Pakistani troops targeted villages and Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district in ceasefire violation for the third consecutive day on Friday.

PTI| Updated: Oct 03, 2014, 20:11 PM IST
Ceasefire violation: Pakistan shells LoC villages in Poonch, girl killed, four injured

Jammu: A teenage girl was killed and four persons were injured as Pakistani troops targeted villages and Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district in ceasefire violation for the third consecutive day on Friday.

Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shillings and small arms fire on several border hamlets and forward posts in Sabjian belt this evening, police officials said.

Indian troops retaliated in equal measure triggering an exchange of fire, they said.

17-year-old Zahira Akhtar was killed and four persons were injured at Gigriyal border hamlet, they said adding that the wounded have been hospitalised.

Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops also fired at Indian posts with mortar guns and automatic weapons along LoC in Sabjian around 1400 hours today, a defence spokesman said.

This is the fourth ceasefire violation in the past three days. There were three ceasefire violations in Sabjian and Mandi sub-sectors in Poonch and one in forward area in Kashmir Valley on October 1.

Pakistani troops had resorted to heavy firing by small arms and automatic weapons and shelling of 81 mm mortar bombs in two forward sub-sector of Sabjian and Mandi along LoC in Poonch district on the intervening night of October 1 and 2.

They had also targeted civilians living in border hamlets of Gigriyal and Uripura along LoC, police officials said.

Six persons including 2 women were injured in the attack.

On August 28, BSF troops held a commandant level flag-meeting with Rangers along International Border (IB) at Ballard Post in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir impressing upon each other to respect ceasefire.

On August 27, India and Pakistan held a commandant level flag meeting at Nikowal Border outpost (BoP) along the International Border (IB) in Pargwal sub-sector of Akhnoor sector in Jammu district.

According to BSF, firing by Pakistani forces along International Border (IB) during the 45 days was possibly the "heaviest" since the 1971 war.

There were 95 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control and it had also breached the ceasefire pact 25 times on the International Border in recent months.

India had strongly lodged protest with Pakistani Rangers at DGMO level hotline contact on August 26.

Pakistan violated ceasefire pact at least 34 times in the 45 days since July 17.