Nabeel Kirmani

After brief truce, border shelling starts in Jammu region

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After pakistani Rangers and BSF agreed on Sunday for truce on the borders, Indian and Pakistani troops have again started shelling each other’s positions along the international border in Jammu region, police said. According to police sources heavy shelling was going in Arina and Chamial sectors in Jammu region. Earlier newspaper reports quoted senior BSF officers saying that after they destroyed pakistani bunkers, they pleaded for truce. However it proved a brief lull as the pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling in Arina sector again.
Fear stricken villagers of Arina have already criticised the government for making their lives vulnerable in this fresh border shelling. Recently in RS pora sector and other sectors of Jammu region, border residents held protests as they claimed that the four civilians killed could have been saved had the authorities pressed in ambulances on time. There have been about 750 border shelling incidents in the past few months in which 38 persons including 18 security men have been killed. There have been no truce on the borders and hundreds of families have suffered by frequently migrating to safer places to save their lives and livestock.

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