Indian firing at LoC kills one, injures three: ISPR

Published August 15, 2015
The statement said that Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing in a befitting manner and silenced the Indian guns. -Reuters/File
The statement said that Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing in a befitting manner and silenced the Indian guns. -Reuters/File

ISLAMABAD: A civilian was killed and three others injured when Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in Nikial sector of Kotli, according to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday.

"Due to the firing, a civilian Muhammad Shafi who is a resident of Kanthi Gala village was shot dead and three other civilians were injured," said the ISPR statement.

Read: Woman dies in 'unprovoked Indian firing' across LoC, daughters injured

The statement added that Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing in a befitting manner and silenced the Indian guns.

Earlier in August, Pakistan had lodged a strong protest with India over the ceasefire violations across the LoC and also strongly condemned the death of a civilian on the Pakistani side due to firing across the LoC.

The Indian envoy was asked to ensure that the Ceasefire Understanding of 2003 should be adhered to in order to create peace and tranquility along the LoC.

Pakistan Army had also lodged a strong protest with the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) over unprovoked firing by Indian troops.

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.

Also read: Pakistan moves UNMOGIP over unprovoked Indian firing along LoC

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

Official sources say unprovoked firing by Indian troops on the working boundary has been continuing for the past many weeks.

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