People of J&K ‘worst victims' of India-Pakistan acrimony: Mehbooba Mufti
With the mounting number of civilian casualties due to ceasefire violation by Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday that people of her state have suffered the most because of the hostility between the two neighbouring countries.
Two civilians and an Army jawan were killed as Pakistani Rangers continued resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir for the third day on Saturday.
"Distraught to hear of three more civilians caught in the crossfire on the border. The people of J&K are the worst victims of the acrimony between the two neighbouring countries. I pray that the hostility on the borders ends soon," Mehbooba said.
In retaliation, BSF killed four Pakistani Rangers, besides destroying their POL (Petroleum, Oil, Lubricants) and ammunition dump across the international border opposite Suchetgarh and Pargwal sectors.
Since Wednesday, six people, including an Army jawan and two BSF personnel, have been killed and over three dozen, mostly civilians, injured in unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire from across the international border and LoC.
Between 8,000 to 9,000 people living along the IB migrated to safer places and most of them were living with their relatives, the official said. Over 1,000 people are housed in camps in R S Pura, Samba and Kathua areas, he said. Educational institutes have been closed for next three days along the IB and the LoC in Jammu region by authorities in wake of increased tension along the Indo-Pak border, officials said.