Srinagar: The Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on Thursday late night) in Manjakote sector of Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC). As per reports, Pakistan targeted the forward villages and Indian Army posts in Pallanwalla, Balakote and Manjakote along the Line of Control (LoC). There were no reports of any casualties on the Indian side. A number of people these targeted villages were immediately shifted to safer locations.
As per reports, official sources were quoted saying that Pakistan started heavy firing with automatic weapons followed by mortar shelling in forward villages of Chakala, Battal, Keri and Palatan in Pallanwalla sector in Akhnoor tehsil of this district at 7.15 pm today. “Army from this side immediately gave befitting response to Pakistan, leading to heavy exchanges,” sources said, adding that exchange of firing and shelling continued till late tonight.
As per reports by Daily Excelsior, the Pakistani troops directly targeted the civilian population in Chakala, Battal, Keri and Palatan villages of Pallanwalla sector, apart from forward posts of the Army. “A very effective response was given to Pakistan army,” sources said.
On Thursday evening, Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling at Tarkundi in Balakote sector of Poonch district and Kanga Gali and Panjgrain in Manjakote sector of Rajouri district targeting forward Army posts and civilian areas. Indian side was giving very effective response.
The relations between the two nations India and Pakistan has been on a boil after the deadly Uri attack that claimed lives of 19 jawans. Soon after, the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on seven Pakistani launching pads and incurred severe casualties on the Pakistani side. The BSF also killed 50 militants and one Pakistan army personnel in another such attack.
On November 15, Pakistan violated ceasefire again in Sunderbani Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani rangers used mortars and automatics, to which Indian forces strongly retaliated.