Pakistan fires mortars, automatics on LoC in Rajouri

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2017

"The situation is tense in wake of the latest round of cease-fire violations".

Jammu: The Pakistan Army on Sunday initiated indiscriminate firing along the Line of Control in Chiti Bakri area of Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, authorities have ordered immediate closure of all educational institutions in the border belts of Rajouri district due to the ongoing firing and shelling along the Line of Control.

Officials said over two dozen houses suffered damages, forcing dozens to migrate while many more are mulling migration to escape the shelling.

The LoC has been witnessing exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops for the last several weeks.

Pakistan accuses India of helping the separatist movement in Baluchistan, a charge denied by India.For its part, India says Pakistan aids separatist fighters in Kashmir, part of India's only Muslim-majority state, which Pakistan also claims. The Indian Army is giving a befitting response to Pakistan.

Gen Bajwa hailed the supreme sacrifice of the officer and his family for the motherland, the statement added.

The DC said during the ceasefire violation, 2 schools were damaged in Jhangar area ofNowshera zone while a mortar shell hit Middle School Thathiali in Manjakote area. "The firing is presently ongoing", an Army spokesperson said.

Indian forces retaliated "strongly and effectively", said army spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Manish Mehta.

The shelling has affected five to six hamlets along the LoC, including Sheri Makeri, Namakdali and Khamba since Wednesday night.

Following the ceasefire violations, all schools in Nowshera, Qila Darhal and Manjakote have been closed indefinitely. As the security forces were conducting search operations, militants fired upon them, the official said.

"There has been no fresh fire along the LoC since Sunday morning but the number of villagers in various camps has swelled to 1,537", Rajouri deputy commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told Hindustan Times.

The ceasefire between India and Pakistan came into force in November 2003.

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