Kupwara: Indian army used artillery from its’ Panzgam military base in Kupwara district to respond to Pakistan army’s aggression on Friday but residents living in the border area said deafening sound of shells fired intensely left them dumbstruck and window panes of their homes were damaged.
The shelling lasted for around an hour leaving particularly women and children gasping for breath while bringing an uneasy calm in Panzgam and its’ adjoining villages, locals said.
They appealed neighbouring countries to hold peace talks and put an end to violence.
“India and Pakistan must talk to each other to put an end to this mindless violence at borders. This should not happen when the entire world is struggling to contain fast spreading Covid-19 disease,” said Ali Mohd, a local resident.
“Mostly women and children are still in shock. We are wondering why two countries are engaged in violence at a time, when the entire world is grappling with pandemic,” he added.
Army started firing heavy mortor shells around 1 PM Friday, triggering panic among villagers, children and women.
Some heart patients, mostly children and women had a hard time as the shelling intensified, locals said.
“With a deep regret, I have to say that India and Pakistan should not engage in shelling at least in these trying times,” said Altaf Ahmad, a local.
“My aged parents panicked so much due to shelling that I failed to calm them down. It caused damage to many houses here,” he added.
Panzgam is around 25 Kms from Kupwara headquarters and not very far from the LoC, the de-facto border, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.