The Indian Army Monday targeted Pakistan army’s administrative headquarters at Hazira, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) causing extensive damage, officials said. According to security officials, this was retaliation to firing of “stray shells’’ by Pakistani army on Poonch and Jhallas areas on October 23. One of the shells had landed in Poonch artillery brigade headquarters, damaging an unmanned store shelter.
No one was reported injured. Quoting local people living close to the LoC, sources said they saw smoke coming out of the administrative headquarters on the Pakistan-occupied side.
In an apparent reference to repeated incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, the source said the Army has exercised maximum restraint despite continued provocation by Pakistani soldiers. The Army, officials pointed out, has consciously avoided targeting or harassing civilian population in towns across the LoC such as Hajira, Badi Gopalpur, Nikial, Samani and Khuiratta.