STORY: Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in the civilian border areas of Indian Kashmir’s Poonch district early morning on Friday (March 09).
According to the civilians, the firing intensified after 7:30 a.m. local time (GMT 0200) and continued for three hours.
The shelling and small arms firing targeting residential areas in border villages prevented villagers to get out of their houses. It also delayed the examination schedule as both the children and teachers could only reach the schools after the firing stopped.
Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been running high since an attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir last month in which six soldiers were killed. India blamed Pakistan for the attack and said it would make its rival pay for the “misadventure”.
The two armies have been exchanging intermittent small-arms and mortar fire over the past couple of years as ties deteriorated. India and Pakistan have twice gone to war over Kashmir since independence from Britain in 1947. The neighbours both claim the region in full but rule it in part