Minor Girl Killed, Four Injured As Pakistan Again Targets Poonch

3 October 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria and Darshan Bharti

Jammu: A minor girl died and four men, including two minors, were injured as Pakistani troops today shelled Indian posts and villages along the Line of Control in the Sabjian sector of Poonch district. The intense shelling that began around 1.20 pm today was intermittently on till the filing of the report at 7 pm. The Pakistani shelling on the intervening night of October 1 and 2 had left six civilians injured in Gagrian and Danna villages in the same Sabjian sector. Intelligence sources say the sudden spurt in truce violations is an attempt to push in terrorists into the Indian territory. 'Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in the Sabjian sector. They started firing small arms and 81 mm mortars at 1.30 pm and it went on till 4.50 pm when reports last came in. Indian troops were responding in equal measure to the unwarranted act,' said a defence spokesperson. The girl, who died in shelling, has been identified as Zahira Akhtar (16), daughter of Bashir Ahmed, while the injured are Ghulam Mohammed (60), Sher Bagh (52), Zulfikar Ahmed (17), and Javed Iqbal (14) -all from Gagrian village. 'The injured have been taken by Poonch MLA Aijaz Jan to a hospital in Poonch,' he said. SSP, Poonch, Shamsheer Hussain Choudhary confirmed that the girl was killed and four other civilians were injured in Pakistani shelling in Gagrian. An Intelligence source said that around 1.30 pm today Pakistani troops of 849 Mujahid Regiment opened unprovoked fire from their Copra 1 post on KP 2 and Kobra Nain posts of the Indian Army. 'Pakistani troops, who initially started off with small arms fire, soon switched over to 81 mm mortars and other automatic weapons. After intense shelling the volume of shelling came down but it is still on,' he said. Our troops are also responding in equal measure, he added. A local from Gagrian Village told The Tribune that fear prevails among the villagers in Gali Maidan, Danna, Uripora, Barmikunda and Gagrian villages, which are close to the Zero Line. In another late night incident Pak Rangers had targeted BSF posts along the International Border in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor sub-division in Jammu district. 'Last night from 9.55 pm to 10.15 pm, Pakistan Rangers opened unprovoked fire on Indian posts. They had opened small arms fire from their Noor Zaman post on our Chak Phagwari post in the Pargwal sector. We had retaliated appropriately and there were no injuries on our side,' said a BSF source. Army nabs Pak intruders: Amid shelling by Pakistan troops, the Army has arrested two Pakistani intruders along the LoC in two separate incidents in the Pallanwala area of Jammu district and the Sabjian sector of Poonch district late Thursday night. 'The arrested individuals are suspected to be agents of Pakistan sent deliberately to this side to probe porous openings on the LoC after the recent flashfloods damaged the border fence and other infrastructure,' said an Intelligence source.