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Two people killed, 11 injured by Indian fire along Working Boundary and LoC

Updated Oct 27, 2016 11:04pm

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At least two people were killed and 11 were injured when Indian forces opened fired along the Working Boundary and the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday.

Along the LoC Indian troops opened fire in the Kotli sector which killed one and injured four, including two children, said officials and residents from the area.

“Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Tatta Pani, Jandrot and Nakyal sectors in the afternoon, using small and heavy weapons,” an official told Dawn from the area.

In the area of the Working Boundary, Indian troops resorted to firing in the Shakargarh sector, which resulted in the death of a woman and injured seven others, said a statement released from the Inter-Services Public Relations.

“Pakistani Rangers befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing and targetted Indian posts inflicting heavy casualties,” said the ISPR statement.

The "intense and heavy" exchange of fire continued for 11 hours on Harpal and Chaprar sectors on the Working Boundary, it said.

Heavy mortar shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on villages along the Working Boundary a day earlier killed two residents of villages in the Chaprar sector and left another eight badly wounded.

In total, more than four people, including an infant, have been killed and 26 residents of villages along the Working Boundary have been injured since Monday.

For the third time in less than two weeks, the Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned to the Foreign Office where the South Asia and Saarc director general lodged a protest over ceasefire violations by the BSF in the Chaprar and Harpal sectors and along the Line of Control in the Bhimber sector. The Indian diplomat was asked to ensure that the incidents were investigated and that the findings shared with Pakistan.

Military sources told Dawn that the Pakistani troops had attacked a number of Indian posts along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. As many as five Indian soldiers had been shot dead and four Indian posts in the Bhimber sector had been destroyed in an exchange of fire since Tuesday, they said.

Tense relations

The latest episode of cross-border firing comes as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.

The Indian prime minister stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack last month.

Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a 'terrorist state'. India also accused Pakistan of involvement in the attack.

The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.

Following the attack, India claimed to have conducted a cross-border 'surgical strike' against 'launch pads of terror' in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan has strongly rejected.

Pakistan maintains that India is attempting to divert the world's attention away from 'atrocities' committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have locked horns over the Kashmir issue since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July.

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Comments (22) Closed



The Truth Oct 27, 2016 10:04am

Stop this nonsense.

m singh Oct 27, 2016 10:22am

Stop it...

Sajin S Oct 27, 2016 10:29am

Pakistan and India must fight against poverty and illiteracy.

Pakistani Oct 27, 2016 12:34pm

India is losing soldiers everyday.If it thinks it can bully Pakistan it is sadly mistaken.Indians should ask themseleves who really starts the firing considering Pakistan allowed UN observes to come to the LoC and India refused.

Mariyah Oct 27, 2016 01:09pm

Why are the Indian soldiers targeting the civilians? This exchange of fire must come to an end from both sides of the border :(

Imtiaz Ali Khan Oct 27, 2016 01:13pm

@The Truth Agreed. Insanity by two politically incapable leaders to solve our problems.

Yu So Yang Oct 27, 2016 01:28pm

Both the country should follow the peace rather than fighting.

Acer Oct 27, 2016 01:49pm

Retaliatory fire from Rangers have killed 5 of their soldiers so the frustrated indians firing at civilian population along the working boundary. What a cowardice!!!

vivek dwivedi Oct 27, 2016 02:13pm

only dialogue can solve the problem

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D.K. PAMNANI Oct 27, 2016 02:49pm

Why cross firing is not stopped. Reasons behind this must be researched. Both India and pakistani citizens wants peace. What is the hurdle.

Hamza Shahzad Oct 27, 2016 03:02pm

What is future of Pakistan and India? I think the threat of war will remain forever.

ABC Oct 27, 2016 10:01pm

A befitting response to the killings of Pakistani civilians is required because Indians think that they are super power and can do anything.

S Mishra Oct 27, 2016 10:01pm

Mr. Shahzad, history tells us there can be no piee without war. it is better to have a big war & settle things forever. Either you or we.. Amen...

Zak Oct 27, 2016 10:23pm

@Sajin S indians should push their government to resolve kashmir, instead defending its policies. Let UN conduct its plebiscite and let kashmiris decide their own destiny. Don't justify a wrong.

A Shah Oct 27, 2016 10:27pm

It is not in indias interest to bring attention to this region. Why would they fire?

Gulfraz Oct 27, 2016 11:18pm

Pakistan zindabaad!

Good Guy Oct 27, 2016 11:51pm

@Pakistani - Story is exactly different in India. Truth will be somewhere in between. But if terrorists are pushed, India will retaliate and that is the main issue here.

GA Oct 28, 2016 12:24am

I DON'T hate Indians. We have too much in common. Please end this nonsense!!

Raja Oct 28, 2016 12:53am

@Acer what is the proof? This is a pure lie just like the surgical strikes.

GREAT Oct 28, 2016 01:20am

Where are the Pakistani rangers?

Bipul Oct 28, 2016 04:36am

Unprovoked firing? as if nobody has better job. Stop infiltration please.

OneHumanity Oct 28, 2016 08:41pm

India and Pakistan must stop this madness. Open the borders and let people interact with each other. Love thy neighbor and focus on eradicating poverty from both nations. Indians and Pakistanis are best friends outside their countries so why not back home. Accept LOC as international border and encourage people of all faiths to move to the country of their choice. Borders don't mean anything if people can move freely. Accept peace. Amen!!