Indian troops allegedly shelled border villages across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Haveli district on Monday morning, leaving an elderly man dead and five others ─ including a woman and her son ─ injured, according to initial reports.
“They [Indian troops] resorted to shelling at about 6am in Nezapir and Digwar sectors, using both small and heavy arms,” Chaudhry Kashif Hussain, Haveli’s deputy commissioner, told Dawn by telephone.
“It is intermittent but fierce,” he added.
Hussain said shelling had so far left a 70-year-old man identified as Muhammad Deen dead and his 25-year-old son Muhammad Jamil injured in Digwar village.
In the same village, Tasneem Bibi, 34, her 12-year-old son Aqib, and Muhammad Javed, 35, were also injured, he added.
He said one Wali Mohammad was injured in the village Keirni in Nezapir sector.
The injured persons were being evacuated to a military run health facility in Forward Kahuta, the district headquarters of Haveli, he said.
DC Hussain said that soon after the beginning of shelling he had ordered the closure of all education institutions in vulnerable areas to avert any casualties of students and teachers.
“Since there is no let up in shelling, exact details of losses cannot be ascertained immediately,” he said.
Residents said panic had gripped the areas along the LoC due to intense shelling from across the divide.
“Since 6am no one has been able to sleep in the vulnerable villages,” one resident told Dawn on condition of anonymity.
Boy killed, five injured in Poonch, claims Indian army
A 10-year-old boy was killed and five civilians injured in cross-border firing in India’s Poonch sector, officials claimed.
The boy was killed early allegedly in cross-bordering firing by Pakistani soldiers in India-held Kashmir, police claimed.
Indian military spokesman Col Nitin Joshi alleged that Pakistani soldiers targeted several posts with “unprovoked” automatic gunfire and mortar shells.
On Friday, two civilians and a soldier were killed, and another three soldiers injured in Nezapir sector of Haveli district by heavy Indian shelling.