Sanjha Morcha

Cross-LoC trade suspended after facilitation centre hit in Pak shelling Zoom

JAMMU : The cross-LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) via the Poonch-Rawalakot road at Chakan-da-Bagh has was suspended by TFC authorities after the ceasefire violation

AFP FILE■ Army personnel stand guard after truce violation at Chakan-da-Bagh on Wednesday.

Five mortar shells hit the trade facilitation centre at Chakan-daBagh, damaging a few sheds, during the mortar shelling by the Pakistan army in a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Poonch sector on Wednesday.

The ceasefire violation began at 10.30am in Khari Karmara area of Gulpur sector along the LoC in Poonch district.

Later, the firing escalated to Jhulas and Salotri areas in the same sector, with Pakistan army targeting forward defence locations and civilan areas, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army.

Around noon, two shells fired by the Pakistan army hit Chakan Da Bagh trade facilitation centre. There was no loss of life but the shells damaged the TFC building. The employers of TFC were moved to an underground bunker in the building itself.

The intermittent firing lasted over three hours till 3.10pm.

“Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from 10.30am to 12.30 pm. Thereafter, Pakistan again violated ceasefire in Chakan Da Bagh. Army retaliated befittingly,” defence PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said.

SSP Poonch Ramesh Angral, “Two shells that hit Chakan Da Bagh TFC caused minor damage to the buidling. There was no injury or human loss in the firing.”