Villagers near India-Pakistan border return home after shelling stops


Around 2,000 people living in villages near the India-Pakistan border have returned to their villages after shelling in the Jammu region stopped.

These people belonged border villages of Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts. They returned home after shelling stopped in the last three days.

“Over 2,000 people from different villages in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts returned home today (Thursday) and yesterday (Wednesday) after cross-border shelling and firing stopped on the international border in these districts,” a senior official said in Jammu.

Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers field commanders held a meeting at Octroi Post in R.S. Pura Sector of the international border in Jammu district on Monday to defuse tension on the border.

The commanders of both forces agreed to respect the bilateral ceasefire and work together to uphold it.

There has been no violation of ceasefire by Pakistan since Monday evening and peace has since then returned to the border.

One civilian was killed and over a dozen others were injured in indiscriminate shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu region last week.

Over 3,000 villagers from border areas in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts had abandoned their homes after last week’s cross-border shelling.

The state government had set up 20 makeshift accommodations for these migrants in government buildings and religious places.