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Indian firing at LoC injures one

Updated July 25, 2015

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A civilian was killed when Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to firing at the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's Chirikot sector. — Reuters/File
A civilian was killed when Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to firing at the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's Chirikot sector. — Reuters/File

ISLAMABAD: A civilian was injured when Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's Chirikot sector on Saturday.

"Due to the firing, a civilian Muhammad Wasim who is a resident of Polas village was shot in the neck and was seriously injured," Pakistani military officials told DawnNews.

The officials added that Indian forces also fired at a cow in the same area which died on the spot.

The recent spree of firing at the LoC and Working Boundary commenced earlier this month.

On July 16, Pakistan claimed that three people were killed and five others injured in Sialkot's Chaprar sector, whereas another person was killed in firing across the LoC in Rawalakot's Neza Pir sector in separate instances of unprovoked firing by Indian BSF personnel.

Take a look: Four killed in Indian BSF firing: ISPR

Unprovoked firing by BSF was also reported on the first day of Eidul Fitr at Neza Pir sector. However, no casualties were reported.

Also read: Indian BSF fires at LoC on Eid day: ISPR

Earlier this month, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) had also claimed that Pakistani troops fired heavy mortar shells last week, adding that one woman was killed and three civilians injured when one of the shells exploded near a border village.

In December 2013, Pakistan and India had pledged to uphold the 2003 LoC ceasefire accord which had been left in tatters by repeated violations that year. The truce breaches had put the nascent bilateral peace dialogue on hold.

The directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries had agreed to a number of steps to keep the ceasefire accord intact.

The meeting had taken place on the initiative of the political leadership of the two countries for ending tensions along the LoC.

The Himalayan territory of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored de facto border of LoC but is claimed in full by both the countries.

Ceasefire violations along the LoC and Working Boundary between Pakistan and India continue intermittently, with casualties reported on both sides.