Indo-Pak armies exchange fire across LoC in Poonch

Indo-Pak armies Sunday evening exchanged heavy gunfire across the Line of Control at Shahpur and Saujiyan areas in Poonch sector.

Police officials said that at about 5 PM, the firing started at Saujiyan and Shahpur forward areas and both sides used small arms fire as well as intense mortar shelling.

“Heavy shelling is going on in at both Shahpur and Saujiyan and a large number of mortar shells have so far fallen in human habitations close to Line of Control,” they said.

Jammu-based Army Spokesman said: “At about 5 PM, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense mortar shelling along Line of Control in Shahpur and Saujiyan sectors. “The Indian army is retaliating befittingly,” he added.

Meanwhile, a 10-month old infant was among three persons who were injured in the cross LoC firing in Poonch sector.

All the three injured are resident of Shahpur village located close to Line of Control.

MS Poonch district hospital, Dr Shamim said that Mohammad Arif son of Sayeed Khan, Fatima Jan wife of Mohammad Qasam and her 10-month old baby were admitted in Poonch hospital.

“Surgery of injured lady is going on. The injured child is out of danger but the third person has grievous injuries and has been referred to GMC Jammu for specialised treatment.”