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Pak violates ceasefire again

Pak violates ceasefire again
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Pakistani troops had earlier resorted to mortar shelling beyond the international border. Villagers have been advised to stay indoors and the state administration has provided buses to evacuate border villagers to safer places.

  • 1998 families shifted from 57 border villages
  • Pakistan rally demands jihad against India
  • Pak Rangers term firing a ‘small-scale war’

Poonch: After two nights of peace, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control on Saturday in Shahpur sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and targeted four Indian posts. Indian soldiers fired in retaliation to the unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops.

Pakistani troops had earlier resorted to mortar shelling beyond the international border. Villagers have been advised to stay indoors and the state administration has provided buses to evacuate border villagers to safer places.
Army personnel providing food to villagers at a relief camp in shelling-hit Deoli Village at Arnia sector in Jammu district on Saturday
In the exchange of fire, 33 pople have been killed in border villages in Pakistan. The casualties include 8 Pakistani Rangers soldiers.

With tension prevailing on the border, state government has evacuated 1998 families comprising nearly 10,000 people from 57 border villages of Kathua district.

"District Administration has evacuated and shifted 1998 families from as many as 57 border villages", District Development Commissioner, Kathua, Shahid Iqbal said today. There are 9,597 persons in 35 different camps established across Hiranagar and Marheen Tehsils, he said, adding that due to border shelling 57 villages have been affected out of which 41 villages have been affected directly.

The administration has earmarked 61 buildings as relief camps in various areas, he said.

A rally organised by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) condemned the firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and called upon the Pakistani government to declare a jihad against India, a media report said on Saturday. The Pakistan Rangers termed the Indian firing at the Sialkot border a "small-scale war" between the two countries.

"India is not just violating ceasefire but fighting a small-scale war with Pakistan," Director General Rangers Major General Tahir Javaid Khan told journalists here.

"It appears a political agenda ," he said.

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