A Territorial Army jawan and his wife were killed and their two minor daughters among three injured as Pakistani troops lobbed mortar shells and resorted to small arms and automatic weapons fire at civilian areas along the Line of Control in Poonch sector on Saturday morning. Identifying the deceased as Mohammad Showkat and his wife Safia Bi, sources said that they died after a 120 mm mortar shell fell on their house at Karmara village situated along the barbed wire fence on LoC. The deceased jawan had come home on leave.
His two daughters were among three minor girls injured in the shelling. They have been identified as Rubina Kouser, 12, and Zaida Kouser, 6, both sisters, besides Nazia Bi of the same locality, sources said, adding that the injured have been evacuated to hospital. Pointing out that Paksitani troops have been constantly targeting civilian areas and villages along the LoC, a senior army official said that counter measures are being ensured.
The Saturday’s ceasefire violation came after nearly a weak as last time, they had resorted mortar shelling and small arms fire in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector on June 30. Pointing out that the firing from across the LoC started at 6.30 am, a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said that Pakistani troops were resorting to “unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatics and mortars”. “The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively,” he added.
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Earlier last week, a woman was injured and some cattle killed in mortar shelling by Pakisan in Balakote sector of Poonch district on June 30. Identified as Naseem Akhtar, 35, the victim was sitting inside her house when a shell fell into the room after piercing through the roof.
This article earlier incorrectly stated that both the deceased were civilians.