Over 300 Mortar Shells Fired In Nowshera Sector
2 January 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Over 300 mortar shells were fired by Pakistan army in Nowshera sector this morning while the International Border remained active with heavy firing from both sides. Reports said Pakistan army started mortar shelling in entire Nowshera sector at 0930 hours today. Till 1045 hours, over 300 shells were fired by the enemy troops. Shelling took place in Kalaal, Romli Dhar, Baba Khori, Karali, Sargal, Numb, Bhawani, Janghar, Pukharni and Lam areas of Nowshera sector. People from all these forward villages, located on the Line of Control (LoC), have already deserted their houses and shifted to the safer areas in Nowshera town and other areas in its vicinity. Reports said a number of mortar shells fell in the civilians’ houses causing damage to them. However, no casualties were reported in today’s shelling on both army or civilian side. Shelling was replied by the Indian side effectively late this afternoon. Reports indicated that some bunkers of Pakistan were damaged opposite Nowshera sector but exact details to this effect were not available. Heavy mortar shelling has become a routine in Nowshera sector, which has also resulted into migration from the forward villages on both sides. The other day, an Indian army jawan and three Pakistani soldiers were killed while trading firing and shelling in Ashoka Post area of the same sector. Meanwhile, the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector today witnessed an unusual calm after over a week of daily shelling and heavy arms firing. Reports said that no shelling or firing was traded by both sides in Poonch sector today. Only small arms firing was reported late this evening in Khari, Karmara, Jhalas and Sokar villages. On the International Border in Jammu sector, Indo-Pak troops exchanged small arms firing in Hiranagar, Samba, RS Pura and Kanachak sectors last night. No casualties or damage was reported in the firing on Indian side. Forward villages where the firing took place were SH Way, Budhwar, Pindi, Kot Kuba, Pital Post, Zero Point, Mehta Post, Sangral, Mangral, Abdullian, Khatmarian, Korotana, Khurd, Kharkhola, Chamblyal, S M Pura, Kandral, Nanga, Malu Chak, Balar and Narayanpur in Jammu district and Regal, Chalarian, Chachwal, Dulma Chak and Sadhey Chak in Kathua district. Ben and Galar villages in Samba sector, which bore the brunt of Pakistan shelling leading to total migration, remained calm today. No shelling was reported in two villages since last evening.