1. Pakistan violates ceasefire for the third time in 24 hours; villagers take refuge at makeshift bunkers

Pakistan violates ceasefire for the third time in 24 hours; villagers take refuge at makeshift bunkers

With rising tension across the International border and LoC in Kashmir, Pakistan today violated ceasefire, yet again, for the third time in the last 24 hours.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2016 2:17 PM
Pakistan had breached ceasefire for at least 6 times in recent times after the surgical strikes. (PTI) Pakistan had breached ceasefire for at least 6 times in recent times after the surgical strikes. (PTI)

With rising tension across the International border and LoC in Kashmir, Pakistan today violated ceasefire, yet again, for the third time in the last 24 hours. In the recent ceasefire violation, the sixth in over 48 hours, Pakistani forces hurled shells and mortars towards Indian army posts and villages at the Akhnoor district, near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

Though there had been no reports of any loss of life as yet, but villagers were forced to evacuate due to heavy firing and shelling across the border. Homeless villagers took refuge in their relatives places, sharing food and shelter and waiting for the tension to de-escalate and get back home.

“We left our homes with 1 bag, staying with relatives & sharing whatever they have. Our children were also pulled out of school,” a villager of Akhnoor said in a statement to ANI.

The district administration had also taken initiative to evacuate villages along LoC, with the help of Indian army and police. At least thousand local had been evacuated to safer areas while many others stayed back, hidden in makeshift bunkers, waiting to harvest crops when the situation calms down.

Pakistan army had repeatedly violated ceasefire across the International Border (IB) and LoC since Indian army carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan, destroying several terrorist launch pads and killing at least 38 terrorists. The surgical strikes came as a response from India for the Uri terror attacks where four heavily armed terrorists attacked Indian army bases killing 18 Indian Army jawans.

Pakistan had breached ceasefire for at least 6 times in recent times after the surgical strikes. Targeting Indian Army camps and villages, Pakistani rangers have fired mortars , automatic weapons and small arms in areas along the LoC of Pallanwala belt, Rajouri district, Sabzian area Poonch sector and Akhnoor.

Last year, 16 civilians were dead in cross-border firing while 71 other were injured in at least 405 incidents  of ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
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