Jammu: Four civilians, including a woman and a boy, were injured in firing by Pakistani troops at Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Sunday evening, officials said.
They said that Pakistani troops violated the LoC ceasefire in Shahpur sector at about 6 pm by firing from light to heavy weapons for nearly 45 minutes.
“We have received information that four persons were injured in the Pakistani firing. They are being evacuated to a hospital,” District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Tariq Ahmad Zargar told PTI.
According to a police official, Jameel Ahmad (45) and Parvaiza Akhtar (20) of Bandichichi and Javaid Hussain (24)and 14-year-old Mohammad Qasim of Kaswa village were injured in the firing.
The injured were given first-aid locally and then sent to a district hospital, the official said.
He said the troops guarding the LoC retaliated to silence the Pakistani guns and the exchange of fire caused panic among the border residents.
This is the first ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch sector after senior army commanders of both sides held a flag meeting at the LoC on August 24.
However, there has been firing from across the international border in Jammu area in recent days. The latest violation comes a day after the BSF said that it had killed at least three Pakistani rangers after the other side indulged in unprovoked firing along the Indo-Pak border in Pargwal area of Jammu.
“The situation along the international border in Jammu was peaceful today and there was no report of any violation reported from anywhere,” a BSF officer said.
A day earlier, BSF constable KK Appa Rao was hit by a sniper in the nearby RS Pora sector when the Pakistani side took a direct aim at him while he was drinking water.
The two border guarding forces, on July 17, had held a commandant-level flag meeting in the Samba sector and “committed” themselves to maintaining peace.
In the flag meeting, the two sides had agreed to re-energise instant communication between field commanders to resolve petty matters.