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Guns fall silent on LoC, people flee to safer places

26 February 2018

Muhammad Faisal, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman, said in a statement the Indian army killed a civilian and injured three others in Nikial sector in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Despite a 2003 ceasefire, India and Pakistan regularly trade fire across the so-called Line of Control (LoC), the military demarcation between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Kashmir.

The decision has been taken amidst no let-up in LoC ceasefire violations by the Indian forces in the recent days, the Express Tribune quoted local government sources as saying.

Villagers show bullets fired from across the LoC in Silikote village near Uri. Firstpost
Villagers show bullets fired from across the LoC in Silikote village near Uri. Firstpost

On Saturday, Pakistan army had made announcement on public address systems asking people living in border village to flee triggering fear and a chain reaction.

Evacuation has been on in the area along the Line of Control since Thursday, and by Saturday evening, around a thousand villagers had moved to Uri town as the administration moved in to calm the scared villagers.

"Many families are staying back in their villages, but we have kept the facilities ready and also provided phone numbers for 24*7 help for anybody. Many people prefer to stay with their relatives or acquaintances during the night", Deputy Commissioner of Baramullah, Nasir Ahmad Nawash told ET. We are fighting back with our might and giving a response to Pakistan's firing.

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"The situation is tense", said Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dr Sagar D.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has accused India of killing 12 people in the area.

Officials said that a special camp has been set up a few kilometres away from the affected villages to house the displaced people.

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India regularly accuses Pakistan of aiding fighters in crossing the LoC to attack Indian positions. The unprovoked firing and indiscriminate mortar shelling has damaged civil houses in the region.

According to Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, PaK's senior minister, the so-called professionalism of Indian army had plunged to new lows, as they were regularly sniping at innocent and unarmed men, women and children in PaK.

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Guns fall silent on LoC, people flee to safer places