Infant injured in Pak shelling succumbs

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 29: A 10-day-old baby, injured in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur sector of Poonch district yesterday, succumbed to the injuries in Poonch hospital this morning.
The minor son of Mohammad Qasim hadn’t been named yet.
The baby along with his mother Fatima Jan (35) and another civilian Mohammad Arif (40) were injured when mortar shells fired by Pakistan hit their houses at village Shahpur sector of Poonch late last evening. They were rushed to district hospital Poonch, where the infant succumbed to injuries this morning, official sources said.
Body of the infant was handed over to his family by the doctors after completion of legal formalities.
Cross-border firing by Pakistani troops continued for the second consecutive day today in the district, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian soldiers.
“At about 12.45 pm, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Shahpur sector. Indian Army retaliated befittingly,” sources said.
Mortars and small arms were used from across the border to target forward posts and villages in Shahpur, Sabjian and Mendhar sectors last evening.
Several houses were damaged in the firing, sources said.
They added that information of casualties on the Pakistani side in the retaliatory action was not immediately available.
On July 22, an Indian soldier was martyred in Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, while a civilian was injured in another incident of cross-border firing by Pakistan in Poonch sector on July 20.