Srinagar: The Kashmir valley is under attack by Pakistan Army near the Uri Sector of Baramulla District. Unprovoked firing by Pakistan on LoC intensified on Saturday when heavy mortars where fired by Pakistan not only at the Army positions but even in the civilian areas.
On Saturday, villagers who live along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector fled their homes in panic allegedly after Pakistani troops announced among residents to leave.
Nearly a thousand villagers have sought refuge in Uri town since Thursday, when the cross-border shelling began.
Two policemen lost his life in a militant attack at Soura in Srinagar on Sunday.
The police personnel was guarding the residence of a Hurriyat Conference (M) leader as a militant attacked him and decamped with his service rifle at Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar.
This is the second attack in a row after a policeman was killed while guarding Charar-e-Sherief in the central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday afternoon.
The Indian and Pakistani armies on Saturday exchanged heavy artillery fire for the first time since 2003, when the two countries signed the ceasefire agreement.
5 residential houses were damaged in heavy exchange of artillery between the two sides at Silikote and Churanda villages.
“We have arranged adequate arrangements for the families who had fled from their villages in Uri Town,” Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Nasir Naqash told India Today.
Brigadier YS Ahlawat Commander Army in Uri on Sunday in a press conference said the Pakistan Army has been continuously violating the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in Uri sector since February 19. “The Indian Army has retaliated appropriately,” he said.
“Displaying extreme cowardice and unprofessionalism, they have been targeting innocent villagers and causing damage to their houses through mortar shelling,” Ahlawat told reporters.
“Army has provided immediate relief to villagers including food, medicine, drinking water and have provisioned sleeping bags in view of winter,” he added.
Army has been put on high alert all along LoC in Kashmir and necessary steps had been taken to counter unprovoked firing and cross border shelling by Pakistan.