Trade & Travel via Poonch-Rawalakot remains suspended for 112th day

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have sought a meeting with officials of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Thursday to discuss resumption of cross-LoC travel and trade via the Poonch-Rawalakot road, an official said on Monday. The cross-Line of Control trade and travel remained suspended for the 112th consecutive day on Monday between Jammu’s Chakan Da Bagh and Rawalakot in Pakistan. “We have requested PaK officials—via the government—for a meeting on November 2 to decide on resuming the cross-LoC travel and trade via the Poonch-Rawalakot road,” custodian of the cross-LoC trade (Poonch), Muhammad…

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Pakistan opens heavy fire in Poonch sector

According to police, Pakistani army started firing mortars at Sher Shakti and Mendhar areas in Kerni sector at 8.45 pm on Thursday. The gun-duel continued till 4 am on Friday. Pakistani army fired mortars targeting Indian posts and forward villages in Mendhar sector of Poonch district along the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, prompting retaliation from Indian troops. According to police, Pakistani army started firing mortars at Sher Shakti and Mendhar areas in Kerni sector at 8.45 pm on…

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Army jawans lit ‘Diyas’ on LoC to celebrate festival of lights

Jawans of the Indian Army lit up border in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate festival of lights – Diwali – on Thursday. Jawans of the Indian Army lit up border in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate festival of lights – Diwali – on Thursday. Poonch has been witnessing a spike in ceasefire violations, but this did not dampen the spirit of the jawans to celebrate the festival who lit ‘diyas’ on the Line of Control (LoC) to mark the auspicious day. “Countrymen should celebrate…

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2 Kids killed, 12 Injured in cross-LoC firing in Poonch

Govt constructing 40 community bunkers for safety of border residents: DC Poonch Two children were killed and 12 civilians injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday. Five children were among the injured and the youngest was identified as five-year-old Zobia Kousar, who was airlifted to a hospital in Jammu in a helicopter. The ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Dighwar, Shahpur, Qasba, Kerni and Mandhar sectors started around 6.30 am and continued till 11.30 am,…

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Pak troops violate ceasefire along LoC, IB in Poonch 2 Jawans among 5 injured

Five persons, including two BSF jawans, were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in violation of ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting forces here to retaliate. The Pakistan Rangers today resorted to small arms firing on Brahman Bella and Raipur Border out Posts (BoPs) along the IB in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor belt in Jammu district from 1515 hours today, a police officer said. They fired mortar shells along the IB, forcing…

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector four civilians injured

Four civilians were injured on Sunday in unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistan troops on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir`s Poonch district, officials said. Defence sources said here that Pakistani troops army resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at two places on the LoC in Poonch, using small arms, automatics and mortars to target Indian positions at Karni and Degwar. “Pakistan ceasefire violation started at 6 p.m. Our troops have effectively and strongly retaliated,” a source said. Police said four civilians including a woman were injured…

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Kishtwar to observe shutdown, Transporters, Fruit growers extend support to Aug 12 strike call

Shutdown has been called in Kishtwar district tomorrow against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A which grants state’s legislature power to define the permanent residents. Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo called for a complete shutdown on August 12 to protest against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A of the Constitution. “People of Kishtwar district are appealed to observe a shutdown on Saturday, August 12 against attempts to abrogate the state subject law (Article 35-A) which has been in vogue here for decades,” said Kitchloo. General Secretary Chenab Valley Traders Association…

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India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC, 5 civilians killed scores injured

Five civilians were killed as the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector, reports said. An official said that Mohammad Showkat and his wife Shafiya were killed after a shell fired from across the border hit their house in Khari Karmama sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Their three children were injured in the attack, he said, adding that they were shifted to District Hospsital Poonch for treatment. Three civilians were killed and six others injured due to “unprovoked…

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Guns roar again along LoC, GREF driver killed, BSF man among 7 injured in Pak shelling

A GREF driver was killed and seven others including a BSF man injured in cross Line of Control (LoC) shelling by Pakistan Army in Krishna Ghati and Mankote sectors of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district on Thursday. Defence sources said Pakistani troops fired from automatic weapons and resorted to mortar shelling on army positions and civilian areas in Mendhar tehsil this morning. They said the army men also returned the fire. In Mankote sector, a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops exploded close to a moving vehicle of GREF carrying…

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PDP unlikely to surrender Poonch seat to BJP

Even as the BJP is staking its claim on the Legislative Council seat reserved for Poonch district, sources said the PPDwas unlikely to leave the seat for its coalition partner as the party had set a target to make the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri its citadels. For the PDP, Poonch and Rajouri are politically “fertile” belt in the Jammu province so the party leadership is likely to leave no opportunity to make inroads into the mountainous belt, the sources said. The BJP during its state election committee…

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