Pakistan vacates its villages along International Border as border tension escalates

In view of escalation in border skirmishes, Pakistan has been vacating residents of villages which are close to International Border with Jammu, a senior police official has claimed.

Jammu: In view of escalation in border skirmishes, Pakistan has been vacating residents of villages which are close to International Border with Jammu, a senior police official has claimed.

"As per inputs, Pakistan troops have been vacating their border hamlets close to IB which are opposite to our areas in Jammu district," the officer told a news agency.

The move comes in the wake of recent exchange of firing and mortar shelling between Pakistan Rangers and BSF troops.

A youth was killed and two others were injured, including a BSF jawan, when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling on border out posts and hamlets along the IB in Jammu district today.

BSF troops retaliated resulting in exchange of fire.

With today's ceasefire violations, there have been eight ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Rangers in August. 

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