After night-long shelling at various places along the international border in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts injuring two girls, among three, Pakistan resumed shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday morning targetting Pallanwala, Sunderbani and Nowshera sectors with even heavy caliber weapons like 120 mm mortars.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistani troops had resorted to heavy mortar shelling in Mendhar and KG Sectors which, however, had stopped by 9 pm. Along the international border also, there have been no firing from Pakistan side since 5 am, sources said, adding that a woman and a girl were however injured at Pansar and another girl at Manyari during night.
A defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta here said that Pakistani troops were using “small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars”. The Indian army was “responding appropriately and befittingly”, he added.
Sources said that the shelling was intense causing panic among the people. However, there had been no casualty or damage on the Indian side so far.
Meanwhile, though there was peace along the international border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors at the moment, people have been advised by the local administration to move to safer places as there was likelihood of Pakistani Rangers intensifying mortar shelling during the next three days so as to spoil Diwali festival in view of their having suffered heavy casualties and damage in retaliatory firing by Indian side.