A senior police officer said here: “The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire in Shahpur Kerni sector of the LoC in Poonch district today (Saturday) afternoon.
“The Pakistani Army is using automatic weapons to target Indian positions. Firing started at 12.45 p.m. and is still going on (at 2 p.m.). The Indian Army retaliated and firing exchanges are still going on in the area.”
Eight civilians were killed in unprecedented peace0time mortar shelling by the Pakistani Army on the International Border and the LoC in the Jammu region since Oct 6, while over 60 were injured.
As many as 30,000 border residents are presently living in relief camps set up by the state government away from the areas vulnerable to Pakistani shelling.