Restless calm throughout LdC day after intense exchange of gunfire between India and Pakistan
An uneasy calm settled along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri and Gurez on Saturday a day after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy bombardment across the de facto border between the two countries.
Eight Indian civilians and security personnel were killed in the bombing. At least eight Pakistani soldiers were killed and 12 injured when the Indian army retaliated with artillery weapons and anti-tank guided missiles.
Mukthair Ahmad, a Garkote resident of Uri, said there has been complete silence throughout the LoC since Friday night. “There was no bombing in Uri after yesterday [Friday]Heavy bombardments that left four civilians dead and many injured ”.
Ahmad, who lives near the LoC, said many projectiles landed on roads and near residential areas. “We live in fear all the time now. I don’t know when the shells will start to rain near our houses ”.
Mohammad Jaffer, a resident of Gurez’s Baktoor village, said the shelling stopped on Friday, allowing his family to return home from an underground bunker. “The bombing started around 11 a.m. yesterday [Friday] and he continued until the afternoon forcing all the people to take refuge in underground bunkers. “
Jaffer said it has started to snow, making the tense situation throughout the LoC particularly difficult for them. “Our area receives heavy snowfall and where we will go with our families in this harsh winter. People living on both sides of the LoC face difficulties. “