Jammu: In a new flareup in border tensions, Pakistani troops on Sunday resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling at Indian posts and civilian areas killing six civilians including a sarpanch in multiple ceasefire violations along the LoC at Balakot region in Poonch district.
Six civilians were killed in the ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops at Balakot region of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
Around 17 people have been injured in the firing by Pakistani troops. Heavy mortar shelling is going on the area and the villagers residing in the border areas are being vacated by the army.
The firing which was reported to have stopped after 7 pm on Saturday, again started at 12 am in the night and since then has not stopped.
People in the area terrified as nobody even dared to take dead bodies for last rites. reported ANI quoting Local resident.
Local residents also said that the army has advised them to evacuate the area immediately.
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Balakot (J&K), people evacuating villages due to heavy firing & shelling.
Family members mourn death of a civilian who was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Balakot (J&K).
The offensive on Indian positions in Jammu region came as the country celebrated the 69th Independence Day and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent his greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying promoting friendly ties between the two neighbours was in mutual interest.
The National Security Advisors(NSA) of the two countries are also due to meet in New Delhi on August 23.
The dead were identified by police as Karamat Hussain, who is sarpanch of Basoni, Abdul Rahman, a government teacher, and Mohd. Sheeraz, a 17-year-old boy.
A nine-year-old boy identified as Moin Khan was killed during the Pakistani firing in Hamirpur sector, police said.
There have been 36 violations of the 2003 ceasefire accord in August till this evening and this is the seventh consecutive day that Pakistani troops have shelled Indian posts along the Line of Control(LoC) in Jammu region, an Army official said.
(With agency inputs)