SIALKOT - After a brief lull in firing along the Working Boundary, Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on Thursday restarted shelling Sialkot border villages in Charwah, Sucheetgarh and Bajwat sectors.

The guns had been silent along Sialkot Working Boundary for the last two days after the visit of the UN peacekeeping military observers to Indian shelling-hit Sialkot border villages on August 26.

The BSF shelled the Sialkot border villages including Charwah, Beeni, Sulehriyaan, Akhnoor, Behladpur, Gunjiyaal, Gandiyal, Dhamala, Wada Dhamala, Harpal, Bajra Garhi, Morcha Pur, Anula, Dhaliyaan, Kotli Khawaja, Ludha Gung, Chumat, Siyal, Jhund, Jarwal, Theekariyal, Sojan, Sakroori and Shahpur in Bajwat, Sucheetgarh, Charwah, Umeraanwali, Chaprar and Bajra Garhi sectors along Sialkot Working Boundary for about two hours.

The Indian forces also targeted Chenab Rangers’ Shah Jamal Post in Bajwat and Phooklaiyaan sectors of Sialkot Working Boundary. The senior officials of the Chenab Rangers said that Indian BSF restarted unprovoked heavy shelling on Sialkot border villages on early Thursday morning at 03:00am which continued till 05:00am targeting the civilian population. Several houses were damaged due to Indian shelling. The Chenab Rangers retaliated effectively making the Indian guns silent.

However, no injury or loss of life was reported, the senior officials added.

Villagers said the Indian BSF targeted the civilian population by firing mortar shells which created harassment and panic among the people.

The affected people had started to go back to their damaged houses in shelling-hit border villages following the two days-long silence after the UN peacekeeping mission military observers’ visit to these Sialkot border villages. The people had gone to safer places after a month-long shelling on these villages.

On Wednesday, in an emergency flag meeting held at Sialkot Working Boundary, the local commanders of Chenab Rangers and Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) had discussed cross-border firing which left at least two Pakistani civilians dead and several others injured.

During the meeting the Chenab Rangers commander had strongly protested unprovoked firing and shelling by Indian forces on civilian localities in Pakistani territory.

They also brought into the notice of BSF battalion commander the loss of human lives and cattle and destruction of public property.