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Firing on the Indo-Pak border continues for the 11th day

Firing has resumed in the Balakote sector along the Line of Control (LOC).Pakistan continued to fire on the 11th consecutive day in forward areas along the LoC in the Poonch district. Pakistan fired in Balkaote and Poonch sectors.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2015 20:30 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Peoples run to take shelter at safer place during heavy shelling from Pakistan side at Pargwal sector in Akhnoor at Pargwal sector, Akhnoor, on Tuesday.(Photo by Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

Pakistan continued to fire on the 11th consecutive day in forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district. It fired heavy mortar shells in the Hamirpur and Mendhar sectors.

"Pakistan started unprovoked firing at about 1.30pm on Wednesday. It fired 120 mm, 82 mm and 60 mm mortars shells. The Indian army is also firing in an effective manner," said defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta.

According to reports, firing started in the Balakote sector in the afternoon, where two mules were killed with shells fired by Pakistan.
Pakistan continued to fire on Tuesday night also.

"Pakistan made unprovoked fire last night in the Balakote sector, which stopped at about 10pm. It then started firing in the Poonch sector from 10 pm to 10.30 pm. The army also responded in an equal manner, though there was no casualty on the Indian side," said defence spokesman.

There have been 50 incidents of ceasefire violations in August this year alone. The Rajouri district administration has ordered closure of schools in Manjakote, which was hit by shelling from Pakistan. The schools in the Balakote panchyats are closed.

The power supply in the Balakote area is snapped after poles were damaged in the Pakistani firing. The district administration says it can be repaired only after firing stops, which doesn't seem to happen immediately. Many people from affected villages have shifted to safer places, though there is no mass migration.

First Published: Aug 19, 2015 14:21 IST