Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri, two dead

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2014 22:17 IST

A 17-year-old girl and a soldier were killed in fresh ceasefire violations from across the border in Kashmir's Uri sector on Saturday evening.

According to an army spokesman, Pakistan troops fired at forward Indian posts along Line of Control (LoC) in Uri's Kamalkot area which resulted in the death of the young girl.

"Unprovoked firing from Pakistani troops resulted in the death of a young girl and a jawan in Kashmir's Uri sector in North Kashmir," the army said.

The girl has been identified as Gulshan Bano from Kamalkot area.

"The violations started at approximately 5.15 pm, the Pak troops resorted unprovoked to firing on Indian position drawing appropriate retaliation from Indian soldiers," said a Srinagar based army official.

The Pakistan soldiers resorted to mortar shelling and fired through automatic weapons at the forward Indian posts. Army says Indian troops "effectively and appropriately responded to Pakistan firing and shelling".

The ongoing ceasefire violations is significant as the state is heading for election in five phases starting November 25.

While Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times in October in Jammu area, the border areas in Kashmir division remained relatively calm.

The violation sources say are being carried out to vitiate the poll atmosphere in the valley, or push in militants before snow blocks the passes.

The violations in Jammu increased during the Diwali time along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

More than 20,000 residents of 30 villages along the international border in Jammu region have been shifted to safer locations.

The number of people killed in Pakistan's recent shelling on civilian areas in Jammu region had gone up to seven, while the number of injured has shot up to 55.

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