Srinagar, May 24: Pakistan continued ceasefire violation for 10th day in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday as its Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamal Koot area of Uri sector in Baramulla District during wee hours. The Indian Army is strongly retaliating to the unprovoked firing from automatic weapons and mortar shelling from across the border. Also Read - Pakistan Not Serious About SAARC Initiative For COVID-19, Alleges MEA
Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan intermittently attacked Indian villages along the International Border in Jammu, Sambha and Kathua districts. Heavy mortar shells were targeted in RS Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba and Hiranagar sectors. Five civilians including a minor boy and a woman were killed while over 40 persons including five BSF personnel, were injured on Wednesday. Also Read - 'China Must Refrain From Commenting on India's Internal Matters,' MEA on Kashmir Issue
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah has been summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) over ‘deliberate’ targeting of the civilians. A strong protest was lodged over the killing of a seven-month-old infant in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bhimber sector. “Shah was summoned today and strong protest was lodged at the loss of life of a seven-month-old infant in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces on May 21,” the MEA had said. Also Read - After India, Tablighi Jamaat Causes Surge in COVID-19 Cases in Pakistan Too
A 7-month-old boy was killed in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keri Battal area of Akhnoor on Monday night. The infant named Nitin Kumar was hit by a bullet in the ceasefire violation.
Meanwhile, all schools within five kms of the border are closed as a precautionary measure. The administration has deployed police forces in border areas to help those affected, reach safety. Relief camps have been set up, to ensure those displaced by Pakistan’s ceasefire violations face minimum hardship.
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had warned Pakistan over the repeated ceasefire violations. He said Indian troops won’t fire first, but will respond if fired upon adding that India’s neighbour do not want peace, and its motives need to be evaluated.
Nearly 100 Villages Deserted
The life in the border belt along the International Border (IB) has come to a standstill as farming, schooling, cattle rearing and everything else on which border dwellers survive have come to a halt due to shelling episodes. In Samba and Ramgarh sectors of Samba district, over 4000 people have migrated besides over 2000 from Hiranagar sector of Kathua district. Over 76,000 people have migrated from border areas in wake of heavy shelling and firing from last several days, Manhas said adding several camps have been setup to house border migrants.