Firing along India-Pakistan border leaves residents scared

Poonch, Sept. 17 (ANI): Residents in villages along the border are scared for their lives after Pakistan fired at Indian posts on Wednesday just days after the Director General-level talks between both border forces were held.

Villagers in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir said the shelling started at around 7.30 am forcing everyone to take cover in their homes. They added that Indian forces retaliated to the firing.

“There was a lot of firing in the morning. Some bullets fell on the school here, some in our homes. A cow was injured too,” said a resident, Rakesh, while showing a bullet casing.

No causality has been reported so far, but the residents, especially children, were left scared. Schools were also shut for the day.

“The school was shut immediately to prevent any mishaps. The situation is very tense right now. People and children are very scared,” said another villager, Ajit Singh.

This, however, is not the first time the ceasefire was violated this week. On Monday, an officer of Border Security Force (BSF) was killed in the Rajouri district.

The incidents come days after a four-day meeting between Director General of the BSF, DK Pathak, and Pakistan Rangers’ Major General Umar Farooq Burki, concluded with assurances of maintaining peace along the Line of Control (LoC) last week. (ANI)

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