Except for Arnia sector, rest of the international border in Jammu region remained peaceful for the fourth day on Monday with no reports of shelling or firing by Pakistan at any place.
However, the Pakistani mortar guns are silent in Arnia sector also since Sunday morning, official sources in BSF said.
The firing along the entire 200 kms long border from Kathua to Pargwal had stopped on the late evening of October 9 following strong retaliation by India, it had re-started from across the border in Arnia after two days days Saturday night injuring three people, continued at intermittent intervals till early Sunday morning.
The Line of Control where Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked shelling in Shahpur-Kerni area of Poonch earlier on Saturday afternoon was also peaceful.
Less than 24 hours after US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed to “joint and concerted efforts to dismantle safe havens for terror and criminal networks like Lashkar e Toiba, D-Company, Al Qaeda and Haqqani network’’, Pakistani troops had started unprovoked mortar shelling for forward Indian positions along the LoC. In next three days, the firing spread to international border and got intensified with each passing day killing eight people and injuring 80 others, besides wide spread damage to property and cattle on the Indian side.
Following escalation along the international border, the Jammu Kashmir government has set up “crisis management groups’’ to evacuate people from areas affected by shelling from across the border. More than 20,000 people from border areas on the Indian side have shifted to safer places and they are, at present, staying either at camps set up administration or at the houses of their relatives.