Residents on Kashmir LoC flee to safer places in wake of skirmishes


Nowshera (Jammu and Kashmir), May 14: As the Pakistan Army continued its unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, as many as eight villages were seriously affected in the aftermath.

Schools along the LoC in Rajouri were shut for an indefinite period as a precautionary measure and around 1,000 residents of border villages have been evacuated. On Saturday, more villagers were seen abandoning their homes to take shelter in safer places away from the line of enemy fire. Pakistani troops aggressively engaging Indian bunkers firing on civilians.

Pakistani troops are targeting Jangarh, Bhawani, Laam belts, officials said.

He was commissioned in the Indian Army in December previous year.

"This will not only end the huge sufferings of the millions of people of Jammu and Kashmir, but will also bring peace and stability in South Asia." it added. The LoC on both sides is guarded by army, while IB is guarded by Border Security Force on Indian side and Pakistan Rangers and on the other side.

Farmers have suffered damage to their crops while 45 houses have also been harmed in the heavy shelling.

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All schools situated along the LoC in Rajouri district were closed on May 11 for two days after a woman was killed and two others including her husband were injured in Pakistani shelling on the intervening night of May 10-11.

On May 13, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan released three statements accusing India of ceasefire violations and warning of "unintended consequences".

"The proposal will cover a population of 4,02,455 living close to the border areas in districts of Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch", then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had said.

Cease-fire violations have been extended to International Border (IB) in Jammu as well, officials said. Six ambulances have been pressed into action and one mobile medical unit is stationed at Nowshera, he added.

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