SIALKOT - As many as three Pakistani citizens were injured seriously on Sialkot bordering villages on Monday as the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) continued intensified firing on Pakistani villages in Bajwat, Chaprar, Sucheetgarh and Shakargarh sectors.
The BSF continued firing for the whole day intermittently. It was the sixth consecutive day of Indian shelling on Sialkot bordering villages. According to the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, the BSF fired heavy mortar shells on Sialkot villages, injuring three persons in Charwa village. They were sitting in their homes when some heavy shells injured them seriously. The inured persons were admitted to Sialkot Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where their condition was stated to be critical. Two persons were also injured seriously by Indian shelling in Bajwat sector last night, which created panic and harassment among the local people. The terrified villagers continued shifting to safer places with their necessary luggage and cattle loaded on trucks and tractor trailers.
According to the senior officials of Chenab Rangers, the BSF also continued firing on the Sialkot bordering villages till early Monday morning. However, Chenab Rangers retaliated instantly in a befitting manner and silenced Indian guns. The BSF used heavy machine guns and fired mortar shells. They targeted the Chenab Rangers’ posts in Bajwat, Charwah and Shakargarh sectors, besides hitting the civilian population. Several mortar shells also fell into the fields in the surrounding villages, which could not explode, said the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers.
Agencies add: At least seven civilians were injured by unprovoked Indian firing in Charwa sector near Pasrur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir as well as at the working borders.
Earlier, three persons were injured in the bordering village of Kasur by the Indian firing and shelling while the residents of Sialkot and Narowal sectors started evacuating the areas to save their lives.
The Rangers’ sources said the Indian troops went on wanton firing and shelling in Kasur sector on Sunday evening, injuring three villagers of Damala village. Later, the Indian guns were silenced after a befitting reply from Pakistan side.
On the other hand, Indian troops continued unprovoked firing and shelling on the sixth consecutive day in Sialkot and Narowal sectors, making the life of the villagers miserable. It has almost become a routine for Indian troops to start firing and shelling just after the dusk, forcing the citizens to remain confined to their houses.
IHK puppet CM for other options
IHK puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the Indian government will have to look at other options if Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire.
“Obviously, this cannot be a one-sided affair. It cannot be a situation where we are at the receiving end and no response is given,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
Centre should explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire along LoC, he said. “If they violate the ceasefire, we won’t respond by words only. We will have to find some other options. If our people living along the borders are being targeted, we also know how to respond in kind but at present we do not want to do it,” he said.