Pakistan opened fire on forwarding villages and posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Wednesday with the neighboring country continuing to violate the ceasefire agreement. The Pakistan army man also opened heavy fire on Indian posts in Balakote sector of adjoining Poonch district on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. Earlier, a Pakistan man summoned the Indian High Commission in Islamabad of holding his newly-wed Indian wife after they traveled there to apply for his visa, media statements
Security spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said,
“Pakistani army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 1830 hours along the Line of Control (LC) in Nowhera sector on Tuesday.”
Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire again today by firing on ahead posts along the LoC in Balakote sector of Jammu of Kashmir. “Pakistan army shifted to firing on forward posts along the LoC in Balakote sector from 0050 hours today,” a defense spokesman said.
Pakistan troops also fired on forward posts and civilian areas last night along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. The firing continued till 0130 hours, the spokesman said. Rajouri deputy commissioner DrhadShahid Iqbal Choudhary told Pakistani troops targeted Lam area. He told 1,795 people have taken refuge in various relief camps in Nowshera.
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In the wake of fresh ceasefire violation on Tuesday evening, bulletproof bunkers (Casper vehicles) and ambulances were pressed into service for evacuation from Bukhari area in Lam, which endured peaceful after initial losses of life and property last week. Nowhera supervisor of police Atul and subdivisional magistrate Harbans are coordinating rescue operations at Nowhera along with the team.
In Rajouri district, intensive shelling by the Pakistan army has ordered several families from Jhangar and Bhawani areas to move to temporary shelters set up at a government higher secondary school and other safer places on their own.
Over 50 schools in Nowhera have been concluded for an indefinite period while 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zones have been shut down for three days, affecting 4,600 students. At least two civilians, including a minor girl, were killed as Pakistan pounded 35 villages and Indian posts with mortars.