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J&K: 7 more hurt as Pak shelling intensifies in Arnia, RS Pura areas

A BSF spokesman said that the BSF troops at all the places gave a "strong and befitting reply" to the Pakistani Rangers.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu |
Updated: October 7, 2014 9:11:15 am
Indian villagers sit near a blood stained spot after alleged mortar shell firing from the Pakistan side into a residential area at Masha da kothe village, in Arnia Sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 47 kilometers (30 miles) from Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.(Source: AP) Indian villagers sit near a blood stained spot after alleged mortar shell firing from the Pakistan side into a residential area at Masha da kothe village, in Arnia Sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 47 kilometers (30 miles) from Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.(Source: AP)

Seven more people were injured as Pakistan, in one of the biggest ceasefire violations this year, continued resorting to mortar shelling and heavy firing on the entire international border in Arnia, R S Pura, Kanachak and Pargwal areas, besides forward Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Kerni sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts.

Pointing out that as many as 40 posts in Arnia, R S Pura, Kanachak and Pargwal areas were affected by firing from across the international border, a Border Security Force spokesman here said that the BSF troops at all the places gave a “strong and befitting reply” to the Pakistani Rangers. “Firing at some places in Pargwal is still continuing,” he said on Tuesday morning, adding that no loss or damage to BSF has been reported so far.

However, seven civilians were injured during Pakistani firing in Arnia sector since Monday night. While three of them were injured at different places last night, four others sustained splinter injuries when a mortar shell near the Arnia police station on Tuesday morning. Sources identified three of them as 85-year-old Kishan Lal of Arnia, Kiran Devi, 35, and Ankush, 10, both residents of Phalora.

In the wake of sustained firing from Pakistan that led to the death of five civilians and injuries to 35 others in Arnia, the New Delhi and the BSF had on Monday taken a hard line promising to “retaliate effectively”. In a departure from the past practice, they also said that they would neither talk to Pakistan nor seek a flag meeting to lower the tension.

Since October 3 after a lull of nearly a month, Pakistan has been resorting to continued ceasefire violation targeting civilian population living on the Indian side along both the international border and the Line of Control (LoC). Moreover, it has followed US and India’s commitment during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last week visit to Washington to “joint and concerted efforts that include dismantling safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks, disrupting financial and tactical support for Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, D-company and Haqqani network.

The Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah too had on Monday attributed the latest incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan to its desperation arising out of its failure to internationalize Kashmir issue during the recent UN Assembly session. They (the Pakistani leadership) have nothing else to speak, but only Kashmir.

Whenever they go abroad, they try to raise only Kashmir issue, but every time they miserably fail to get international attention. The cross-border shelling is an indication of their frustration, he told reporters after meeting civilians injured in the shelling at the Government Medical College Hospital here.

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