6 Pak shells hit trade facilitation centre; cross-LoC trade suspended

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/13/2019 11:56:40 PM

India, Pak trade fire in Poonch

POONCH, Mar 13: The cross-LoC trade was suspended on Wednesday after six shells fired from across the border hit Trade Facilitation Centre at Chakkan Da Bagh as India and Pakistan traded fire along the Line of Control in Poonch district.
An army spokesperson said that Pakistan army violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control by resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms firing in Khari-Karmara, Gulpur and Jhullas sectors of Poonch district this morning.
“The intense shelling which started around 10.00 AM continued till 4.40 PM. Indian side retaliated in effective manner. However there was no loss of life in the shelling,” he added.
“Six mortar shells hit the trade facilitation centre at Chakkan-da-Bagh, damaging a few sheds, including the one housing the X-ray scanner, old custodian building at LoC trade centre, Poonch,” said Custodian of LoC trade Centre Fareed Kohli said.
He said the shelling took place around 12.30 PM, when the process of scanning of the trucks was almost complete He said that during intense mortar shelling afternoon shells fired landed in the compound of the TFC. Panic spread in the centre as explosions and smoke shook the TFC, he said.
“There were no casualties but the shelling caused panic among those present at the Centre,” he said, adding that the main building remained safe. “There was no damage to Bailey bridge otherwise Poonch-Rawlakote connectivity would have been hampered,” he said. Kohli said the cross-LoC trade was suspended for the day in view of the shelling.
Police officials said the shelling started in Jhullas area of Krishna Ghati sector around 10.30 AM and later spread to other sectors of Poonch. “The Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively. The exchange of firing continued till 4.40 PM,” they said.
The cross-LoC trade between Poonch on this side and Rawalakot in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK), which started in October 2008, takes place from Tuesday to Friday every week on barter system.
The latest ceasefire violation comes after a two-day lull in the cross-border skirmishes which had witnessed a spurt after India’s pre-emptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. The strike followed the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

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