5 of family killed in Pak shelling

Pauline Gross
March 19, 2018

Meanwhile, the Pakistani troops have also breached border ceasefire in Rajouri sector and are targeting army positions and civilian areas with gunfire and mortar shells.

Director General of Indian Police in Kashmir, S P Vaid said the five people were killed in the village of Devta Dhar when a shell hit the house of Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan.

Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said Pakistan continued unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 7.45 am to 11.30 am in Balakote sector.

Mehbooba Mufti, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir State, expressed anguish over the loss of lives and emphasized the need for peace in the area. The dead include the house owner, a woman, a boy and a minor girl, reports added.

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"Pakistan forces fired automatic and small arms and mortars, and targeted civilian localities deep inside Indian territory - 3-4 km from the Line of Control (LoC)".

Last month, more than 5,000 civilians were forced to abandon their homes after Indian and Pakistani troops started shelling each other's locations across the Line of Control.

Reports said that shelling began around 7:40 am on in Balakote sector of Mendhar. Dr Abdullah tweeted, "Shocked over killing of five civilians of a single family in #Poonch due to cross LoC shelling". We're assessing the situation and our teams are already on the spot.

Farooq Hadier Khan, prime minister of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, who visited the injured Pakistanis at a hospital, condemned unprovoked shelling of border villages, according to a statement. He said the government is taking all the administrative measures to reach out to the affected population in the area. Kohli prayed for their early recovery and asked the hospital management to provide all possible medical facilities to the injured persons. The injured are undergoing treatment at GMCH Jammu.

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