Pak violates ceasefire again in Nowshera, over 1,600 people evacuated
Pakistan opened unprovoked fire yet again at forward villages along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Monday night, an official said.
However, there were no reports of any casualties.
“Ceasefire violation by Pakistan took place at Ans and Bhandaar at 10.55pm (Monday). Lam and Kalsian areas were also affected,” Rajouri deputy commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told Hindustan Times.
He said the number of villagers evacuated from the area who are now in various relief camps has gone up to 1,674.
Four villages - Sarya, Khamba , Anwas and Bhandar - in Nowshera had also come under fire from across the LoC around 4pm on Monday.
Villagers along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir are suffering the brunt of cross-border firing, with the neighbouring country continuing to violate the ceasefire agreement.
In Rajouri district, intense shelling by the Pakistan Army has forced several families from Jhangar and Bhawani areas to move to temporary shelters set up at a government higher secondary school and other safer places on their own.
Over 50 schools in Nowshera have been closed for an indefinite period while 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zones have been closed for three days, affecting 4,600 students. At least two civilians, including a minor girl, were killed as Pakistan pounded 35 villages and Indian posts with mortars.