No Let Up in LOC Firing, Shelling

POONCH:  India and Pakistan continued to trade gunfire along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district for the 1a0th consecutive day on Tuesday.

Sources said that the two armies exchanged fire at Balakote and Mendhar along the ceasefire line. Though there was no casualty today but the situation along LoC areas continues to be tense with civilians living on both sides of the divide facing the brunt.

Six people have already been killed on this side of the LoC in the firing by Pakistan while as dozens have been injured.

Meanwhile Pakistani media reports said Tuesday that one more civilian was killed and three wounded in Indian firing along LoC. 

The latest firing incident took place in Datote village where three civilians – identified as 23-year-old Anbreena, 14-year-old Sunny and 21-year-old Rozeena – were wounded. Earlier, a civilian was killed in unprovoked shelling and firing by the Indian forces in Thathi Khurd village in Charwah sector. 

“People were sleeping when the BSF started unprovoked heavy mortar shelling on villages in Sucheetgarh and Charwah sectors along the Working Boundary early in the  morning,” DC Sialkot  Dr. Asif Tufail told media.

Tufail said Muhammad Shareef (60) was hit by mortar shell  when he was sleeping in the courtyard of his house in Thathi Khurd-Sucheetgarh village. He died on the spot. His house was also  badly damaged, he said.

“Six cattleheads were also reportedly killed and more than  two dozen others injured in these villages,” the DCO added.

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