Pak heavily shells border villages in Poonch; 9-month-old among 3 of family killed, 2 injured

JAMMU: A nine-month-old child was among three of a family, who were killed while two others were injured when Pakistani troops on Friday evening heavily shelled forward posts and villages in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

”Pakistani Army, at around 1930 hrs, heavily fired in Salotri village of Jallas in Poonch sector,” police sources here said.

They said that in firing, three members of a family, identified as Rubeena Kouser (19), her children Mohd Faizan (5) and Shabnam Kouser (nine-month-old) have died in cross border firing, while Mohammad Younis (28), husband of Rubeena Kouser and another lady Parvez Akhter (22), wife of Mohammad Amen, sustained injuries.

However, after violating ceasefire in Nowshera sector of Rajouri, Pakistani Army in the evening fired unprovoked on the Line of Control in Poonch district.

On Thursday, a woman was killed, while three others, including an Army jawan, were injured in cross border firing as Pakistan shelled Forward Border Outposts in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

”At about 1800 hrs, Pak continues initiating unprovoked ceasefire violation by heavy shelling with mortars  and firing  of small arms along the LoC in Mendhar, Balakote and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch,” a Defence Spokesperson here said.

He said the Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively.

Earlier, the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC at about 1615 hrs, with heavy mortar shelling and small arms fire in Nowshera sector of Rajouri, he added.

Pakistan on Thursday shelled border posts and villages in Sunderbani, Mankote, Khari Karmara, Degwar Sectors.

The Spokesperson said that at about 1415 hrs on Thursday, Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC at Nowshera sector in Rajouri.

”There was another round of firing from across the border around 1300 hrs along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector.

”The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” said sources and added that in the Chajjala area of Mendhar, one woman died after sustaining critical injuries from a mortar shell.

This is the eighth consecutive day that Pakistan has targeted forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC).

In view of the prevailing situation, authorities have ordered a temporary closure of educational institutions located within five km of LoC in Rajouri and Poonch.

People living close to the border have been asked to stay indoors.

In 2018, highest number of 2,936 ceasefire violations was witnessed along the Indo-Pak border, triggered by Pakistan. (Agencies)