The continuous shelling by Pakistan on the line of control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts has hit the pople badly.
Mohammed Amin(32) and Mohammed Bashir(26) -- both residents of Balakote village under Mehander tehsil in Poonch district, were struck by a Pakistani shell when they had gone to express grief after the death of village head Karamat (48), who was killed in Pakistani shelling just a few moments ago.
"After we heard the news of sarpanch's death, I rushed to the spot to inquire about his well being around 2 pm on Sunday. Suddenly, a mortar shell fell with high thud and I became unconscious. I regained conscious in a chopper, while I was being shifted to a Jammu hospital," said Amin.
Amin suffered critical injuries in his left leg. He was critical about the lack of basic healthcare in Balakote.
"The condition of road here is so bad that even the horse has difficulty to reach Mehander from Balakote. There was no provision of ambulance. The shelling has been going unabated for the last 10 days and at least the government should have put ambulances on standby owing to prevailing conditions."
Mohammed Basir has suffered severe injuries in his right leg and neck. He urged both India and Pakistan to solve the issue peacefully and desist from bloodshed.
"Both counties should resolve the issues peacefully as innocent people are suffering due to hostilities on the border. Can anyone tell why are we targeted despite no fault of ours?"
Basir informed that such heavy shelling has taken place after a long time.
"I was quite young, when the last time such heavy shelling took place. It was in 2002 when Pakistan pounded with such intensity," he said.
Five critically injured in Pakistani firing were airlifted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu, on Saturday evening. One was declared brought dead, while two of them suffered multiple injuries.
Two teenagers, Ramiz Raza and Shahnawaz, both 15, suffered grave injuries. To save the life of Shahnawaz, doctors amputated his right arm.
Ramiz was lucky as he suffered injuries on the legs only.
Ramiz's uncle told, "Ramiz was coming back after attending the Independence Day functions at his school. He was hit by shell