SIALKOT - At least two women, Salma Bibi and Nasreen Pervaiz, were injured seriously while several cattle killed and dozens of houses badly damaged in the overnight unprovoked heavy mortar shelling by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on border villages here along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

Reportedly, Salma Bibi, 20, and Nasreen Pervaiz, 26, were sitting in the rooms of their houses in the bordering village Akhnoor when some mortar shells fired by Indian BSF hit their houses, injuring them seriously. Both of the injured women were admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Sialkot, in critical condition.

The Indian Border Security Force continued unprovoked heavy mortar shelling on the border villages, Charwah, Joyian, Harpal, Anula, Akhnoor, Ruraki Awanan, Mairajkey, Kotli Khawaja, Dhamaala, Bajra Garhi, Umeranwali, Thathi Meendarwal, Rangor, Bhagiyaari and their surroundings the whole night between Thursday and Friday.

According to senior officials of the Chenab Rangers in Sialkot, the Indian BSF, in this fresh spell, targeted the civilian population of these villages. Several mortar shells landed in the fields, but they did not explode.

The Chenab Rangers retaliated effectively in a befitting manner, silencing the Indian guns, senior CR officials added. They revealed the Indian BSF targeted the civilian population in the border villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary with small and big weapons as well as heavy mortar shells, violating the ceasefire accord.

The Indian bullets and mortar shells hit several houses, damaging them badly. Most of the local people had already shifted to safer places along with their cattle on account of Indian shelling.

The affected people were of the view that the Indian BSF often resorts to unprovoked intensified shelling on the border villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary from evening, which continues till morning. They said they had been spending restless and sleepless nights in the fields or at other open places in such a cold weather. They reach their homes in the morning, they said, adding the Indian BSF is targeting the civil population in the Sialkot border villages.

The local people disclosed several cattle were killed in the BSF firing along the Sialkot Working Boundary villages.