SIALKOT: At least two minors were killed during an exchange of fire between Punjab Rangers and Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) across the Working Boundary in Shakargarh sector early Monday.

The number of people injured due to the firing has risen to 14, Narowal District Coordination Officer Najaf Iqbal said.

The dead included a 10-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, the DCO said, adding that around 59 livestock were also injured in the incident.

A medical camp has been set up by district administration to provide first aid to the affectees, the DCO said.

Indian media reports say six civilians have been injured during cross-border firing in the Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu region, along the Line of Control.

The ceasefire violations come just days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an official visit to Washington apprised United States Secretary of State John Kerry about the destabilising role being played by Indian intelligence agencies in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan and Karachi.

Three separate dossiers containing evidence of Indian involvement in subversive activities were also handed over to the US by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Nawaz and Obama had expressed concern over violence along the LoC, and noted their "support for confidence-building measures and effective mechanisms that are acceptable" to both India and Pakistan.

"While refusing dialogue, India is engaged in a major arms buildup, regrettably with the active assistance of several powers," Nawaz had said last week during an address to the US Institute for Peace.

"It has adopted dangerous military doctrines. This will compel Pakistan to take several countermeasures to preserve credible deterrence."

"Obviously the Pakistan-India relationship poses the most difficult and urgent challenge," the prime minister had said.

Earlier this year, incidences of ceasefire violations across the LoC rose sharply, prompting the Pakistan Army to register a complaint with the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

The UNMOGIP sent a fact-finding team to Saleh Pur, Chaprar and Malane in Chaprar Sector near the working boundary.

Tensions along the LoC began flaring up again despite an hour-long meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Ufa, Russia in July.

After cross-border firing took place along the LoC on Eidul Fitr, the Foreign Office lodged a strong protest with India over what it referred to as the "offensive posture" of Indian security forces and a provocative act against the spirit of the Ufa understanding.



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