J&K government orders opening of schools in Jammu district

On November 1, the government had ordered the closure of 174 schools following heavy shelling and firing from the Pakistani side.

Published: 14th November 2016 05:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2016 05:47 PM   |  A+A-

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Army personnel standing guard outside a school in Kashmir | PTI

By PTI

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government today ordered the opening of schools along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district that were closed following the heavy cross-border firing from the Pakistani side.

On November 1, the government had ordered the closure of 174 schools situated along the IB in Jammu district following heavy shelling and firing from the Pakistani side.

"The order dated November one regarding closure of 174 schools in the border areas of Jammu district stands withdrawn. All schools will re-open from tomorrow," Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.

Pakistan had violated the ceasefire agreement 286 times along the Line of Control (LoC) and IB since the army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Twenty-six persons, including 14 security personnel, were killed in the cross-border firing.

There have been 186 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the over 190 kilometer International Border in Jammu frontier, while 104 violations took place along the over 500 kilometer Line of Control.

The worst ever Pakistani shelling targeting civilian population took place on November one when 8 persons, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.

The incident had forced the Indian troops to give a befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers.

Following the heavy firing from across the IB and LoC, the government had ordered closure of over 400 schools in the entire Jammu region.

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