ISLAMABAD: The Indian Border Security Force’s (BSF) continued to violate Pakistan’s border with unprovoked fire across Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, pushing the overall death toll during the last four days, to 13.
As a precautionary measure, at least 31 villages have been evacuated in Zafarwal and Shakargarh, as Indian extremist approach knows no bounds with ndian guns and artillery persistently targeting civilians.
Of late, Indian BSF shelled Sialkot’s Harpal sector, Charwah, Sajeet Garh and Chaprar.
Zafarwal’s sector of Lehri witnessed a civilian’s death and injuries to at least 14 people including a woman.
Tahira Bibi was killed in Indian aggression at Shakargarh sector. Two persons including a woman lost their lives at Harpal sector.
At least six citizens sustained injuries in Indian gunfire across Line of Control (LoC).
Keeping in view the tense situation, mass evacuation is in progress especially in Bolay Chak and Bhatli. According to DCO Narowal, at least 31 villages in Zafarwal and Shakargarh have been evacuated thus far.
For the last four days, Indian armed forces, in a transgression of the ceasefire agreement, have continuously been resorting to cross-border artillery fire –using light-to-heavy cannons– on Pakistan-controlled territories in Charwa sector along the Line of Control (LoC).
The latest round of mortar and gunfire began on Friday, when Pakistan’s army said it responded to “unprovoked firing” from the Indian side.
It is also tragic to note that the attacks concurred with Eid-ul-Azha, the three day Muslim festival, which started on Monday.
Officials said the civilian death tally from the cross-border firing was one of the highest in a single day in recent years in the flashpoint region.
According to sources, no sooner did the salvos of Indian shell-fire start raining down on Rawalakot/Sialkot villages than the guns of Pakistani paramilitary troops, Chenab Rangers, gave them a thundering response.
“Pakistani armed forces silenced the Indian guns every time they fired, however, the number of casualties continued to rise. Rangers effectively responded to Indian fire”, an official said.
This is one of the hundreds of or maybe more unprovoked ceasefire violations the Indian troops have committed over the years.
The government of India instead of looking into these violations always comes up with a counter-allegation that its forces were only retaliating an attack by Pakistani forces.