Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

5 of family killed in Pak shelling in J-Ks Poonch

5 of family killed in Pak shelling in J-Ks Poonch

The Army PRO said today's ceasefire violation by Pakistan was a serious issue of concern as civilian localities much deep inside Indian territory, nearly three-four kilometers from the LoC, were targeted despite the fact that there was no Army deployment or any installation or even no equipment installed. During the heavy shelling at Balakote sector of Poonch on Sunday, civilian named Mohammad Ramzan along his wife and three sons were lost his life.

"In village Devta 5 people died, 2 injured". As per reports, the five members belong to the same family.

"They are specifically targeting civilian areas", he said. Lt. Col. Anand said Pakistani troops used small arms, 81 mm and 120mm mortar shells.

Confirming the incident, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said that the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. Firing is still going on which started around 7:45 AM. The continued exchange of fire along LoC hugely impacted cross LoC trade from Poonch as well, which remained closed for many months in 2017.

Those killed in the attack, which came after a few weeks of a lull in the cross LoC firing, were identified as Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Malka Bi, Faizan, Rizwan, and Mehreen.

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The injured include Nasreen Kouser, daughters of Mohammed Ramzan - 11-year-old Nasreen Kouser and 5-year-old Mahreen Kouser.

The Indian and Pakistani armies had agreed on a ceasefire along the LoC, the global border (IB) and along Actual Ground Position Line at Siachen glacier in November 2003.

"Another Note Verbale was sent today by our High Commission in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials", a source said.

In the Note Verbale, two incidents were highlighted.

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