J&K CM Omar orders construction of bunkers for villagers` safety; Pakistan holds high-level meet on further action

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah

Jammu, Oct 10: Even as the situation along 192-km long International Border in Jammu de-escalated after nine days of heavy firing and mortar shelling from across the border, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday directed authorities to construct community bunkers in hamlets along the border regions.

Omar, who chaired a high-level meeting of divisional level officers over the issue of ceasefire violations on Thursday evening, directed construction of community bunkers in border areas which could be utilised by villagers in the hour of need.

The Chief Minister also directed establishment of camps for cattle with arrangement for fodder and medical treatment.

Omar also visited various camps set up in Hiranagar, Samba, Bishnah and Jammu for border migrants who have been hit by the shelling from across the border.

The chief minister asked the officers to ensure medical facilities, food, drinking water, electricity etc. for the affected families.

It may be noted that over 32,000 people have fled from their homes leaving 113 hamlets deserted along the IB.

Although there was no firing along the IB in Jammu and Samba districts, Pakitani troops tareted four Indian posts in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district for 20 minutes.

India and Pakistan troops traded heavy fire along the IB on the intervening night of October 7 and 8 after Pakistan Rangers shelled almost the entire IB by targeting 60 border outposts and over 130 border hamlets in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu & Kashmir. The shelling had killed 15 people and had injured three BSF jawans.

A BSF spokesman has reportedly said: “There was no cross-border firing during the intervening night of October 9 and 10 along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts.”

The spokesman further said there was firing by Pakistan along IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district for 20 minutes from 2000 hours to 2020 hours involving four BSF BoP.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is holding a high-level meeting to review the border situation and decide the next move.

The Pakistan Rangers failed to assess the level of retaliation shown by the BSF. India’s deployment at the International Border is repportedly two times as that of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam Khan has strongly condemned the “unprovoked aggression of India against Pakistan both at LOC and International Border.” On the other hand, India has blamed Pakistan for aggression along the border.

Tasnim claimed that Pakistan never started the violations on its own but “if there is aggression by India, we respond to it. We are already doing that and will continue. We did not start it so we will not stop it.”

she also added that if India continued with the firing, they too, will not stay silent.

(With Agency Inputs)

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