Cross border tension: 500 civilians shifted to safer place in Uri

Brig YS Ahlawat says Indian Army has retaliated heavily to Pakistan’s ‘unprofessional’ ceasefire violations

Brig YS Ahlawat says Indian Army has retaliated heavily to Pakistan’s ‘unprofessional’ ceasefire violations

Shabir Khan shudders as he recalls the early Saturday morning horror when his house shook due to intense shelling of his village by the Pakistani army. Due to the unabated targeting of the local populace, residents of border villages of Balkote, Silikote, Tilawari, Thajal, Churunda, Hathlanga and Batgra have been evacuated to the Government Higher Secondary School, Uri.

Border areas in Jammu were calm on Sunday but officials said uncertainty meant people feared returning to their homes. "The Indian Army will honour the ceasefire and de-escalate tensions the day Pakistan stops sending terrorists across the Line of Control", Rawat said, referring to the 2003 agreement put in place as a confidence-building measure. "This could be a military strategy", Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Nasir Naqash told the newspaper.

"We have deputed ambulances and private vehicles to evacuate the residents who were still in the villages and rehabilitation process of these displaced people is going on".

In a tweet Dr Vaid said " Firing/ shelling in Uri area leading to shifting of hundreds of people to safer areas.

Pakistan has accused India of killing 18 people in border skirmishes this year.

"On Saturday, we heard the announcement from the other side asking civilians to shift to safer places".

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The letter added that Indian forces have martyred 16 civilians in 2018 in continuous ceasefire violations.

Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the attack in Sunjuwan.

India regularly accuses Pakistan of aiding fighters in crossing the LoC to attack Indian positions.

According to Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, PaK's senior minister, the so-called professionalism of Indian army had plunged to new lows, as they were regularly sniping at innocent and unarmed men, women and children in PaK.

Meanwhile, in Tangdhar area of LoC in north Kashmir mortar shelling and firing continued on forward posts intermittently for three days now.

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