Shelling at IB, five persons including two border guards injured

SRINAGAR: The borders continue to remain tense as rival armies of India and Pakistan are shelling each others positions. For the last few days, the two sides have kept the International Border stretch active with the salvo being fired by Pakistan in which two BSF personnel and three civilians are reported injured, media reports suggest.

The latest shelling was reported from RS Pora and Ramnagar sectors. Defence sources suggest the Pakistani Rangers have used mortars and automatic weapons. Though the firing has been “effectively retaliated”, the Pakistani ammunition has left five persons including two security personnel injured.

Already, the intense shelling in last few days has led to evacuation of the civilians from the border belts including Arnia that was first to be targeted.

On Friday, Pakistan said they lost various civilians in the Sialkote sector to Indian shelling. Pakistan’s military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said six civilians were killed and 26 people, including women and children, were injured in Indian shelling in the Charwa and Harpal villages. He said the killings took place during Thursday night.

The shelling exchange between the two armies is coinciding with the diplomatic battles the two countries are engaged in at the United Nations where the General Assembly is in session. Talking to the assembly, Pakistani premier accused India of gross violations of human rights in Kashmir and in reaction, India termed it “terroristan”.

(Photographs used in the copy lack any direct relevance to the incidents)

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