Pak Army violates ceasefire in Poonch, school shut

Rajouri/Jammu, Nov 17: Pakistani troops today violated the ceasefire by firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Jammu districts, drawing heavy retaliation from the Indian Army, an official said today.
Pakistani Army resorted to ceasefire violation for the third consecutive day today and in the last 48 hours shelled forward posts and villages.
“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0745 hours in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a senior Army officer said today.
“They targeted Shahpur and Dagwar areas of Poonch close to the LOC,” sources said.
However due to firing, panic prevailed in different villages and villagers stayed at home while Poonch administration has ordered closure of all Private and Govt Schools situated near LOC to prevent any untoward incident.
“We have issued order of closure of schools situated nearby LOC due to security and safety reasons for indefinite period,” said an Official Spokesman
He further added that schools will reopen after situation gets normal along LoC. Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.
Due to continued shelling and panic condition many civil and social organisations of Poonch today staged protest in the evening and demanded immediate stoppage of shelling and snapping of ties with Pakistan
“We demand snapping of ties with Pakistan if ceasefire violations were not stopped,” said a social worker.
They demanded strong reply to Pakistan.
“The firing has stopped in the afternoon and there are no reports of any loss or injury,” said SSP Poonch Rajiv Pandey
In another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops fired on forward posts along the LoC in Khour belt of Akhnoor sector last night to Indian troops gave a befitting reply, the officer said.
An Army jawan sustained minor injuries in the exchange of fire, he said.
On Wednesday, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch sector.
On November 2, a BSF jawan was killed when Pakistani Rangers attacked a patrol party along the International Border in Samba district.
A girl was injured when Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Karmara belt of Poonch district on October 31.
On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling in the district.