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10 children injured, driver killed as Indian troops target school van along LoC

Updated Dec 16, 2016 02:04pm

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At least 10 children were injured, three of them seriously, when Indian troops opened fire on a school van in Azad Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday, Assistant Commissioner Zeeshan Khan said.

The driver of the van, carrying 20 students of a private school, died on the spot as the vehicle came under attack in Nakyal sector of Kotli district.

“A shell fired by Indian troops hit a school van at LoC in Nakyal sector,” Zeeshan Haider, a senior government official told AFP.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement confirmed that a civilian was killed and four school children injured "when Indian troops violating ceasefire sanctity" targeted the school van.

"Pakistani troops effectively responded and targeted Indian posts from where fire was coming," the ISPR added.

The injured children are between the age of eight and 15 years, AC Zeeshan said.

The injured children were transferred to District Headquarters Hospital Kotli. Three amongst the injured were reported to be in critical condition and will be transferred to Islamabad for treatment.

Muhammad Nasrullah Khan, a doctor in Nakyal hospital told AFP that the children had shrapnel injuries but their condition was not life threatening.

The latest cross-border firing has come after a calm of over two weeks at the LoC. On Nov 23, nine people were killed when Indian troops targeted a passenger bus in AJK's Lawat area.

FO lodges protest with India

The Foreign Office’s Director General for South Asia and Saarc Dr Mohammad Faisal on Friday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to strongly condemn the attack on the school van by Indian troops.

He said the attack is in violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The director general urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement and investigate this morning's incident and other incidents of ceasefire violations.

Cross-border firing a new normal

Tensions between Pakistan and India have been running high following an alleged 'surgical strike', unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack in September.

Since then there have been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing in Kashmir, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed. Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a 'terrorist state' and accused Pakistan of involvement.

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 it had 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, most recently, locked horns over Kashmir 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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Div Dec 16, 2016 10:43am

Very sad state of Indo Pak relations. People wont change. Hawks wont let them change. Shame on Sub continent.

Vinay Kapoor Dec 16, 2016 10:49am

Again... I thought all well along borders now.

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 16, 2016 10:51am

India is losing moral support, has entered moment 22 situation...

Sam Dec 16, 2016 10:51am

Child-killers. Cowardly butchers

Shahbaz Ahmed Dec 16, 2016 10:55am

coward indian troops

Proud Pakistani Dec 16, 2016 10:52am

This is below the belt by these coward Indian troops! Targeting innocent children will get them nowhere.

Chandra Dec 16, 2016 10:59am

Very sad accident, hope the insanity stops on both sides, else innocent civilians will continue to be collateral damage

Teja Dec 16, 2016 10:58am

This is very sad but I dont understand that what school kids are doing on LOC.

Asmat Dec 16, 2016 10:59am

What a shame for both side of leaders!!

Sehan Dec 16, 2016 11:00am

Real Test of New COAS begins as he knows as the specialist of LOC Matters

unknown Dec 16, 2016 11:03am

India enough is enough. fight like a man stop targeting our children, women.

WASEB Dec 16, 2016 11:01am

Egos of states....deaths of innocents

haseeb Dec 16, 2016 11:02am

India has its brutal way to remember 16 Dec.......

isb Dec 16, 2016 11:05am

Killing children is the most cowardly thing to do. UN and international community must condemn India.

CONSERVATIVE Dec 16, 2016 11:06am

Very sad. The world is watching and keeping mum shamelessly. We need to prioritise economic and social development and go after all kinds of terrorism so that we could attract world attention to Indian atrocities in IOC.

PROUD INDIAN KASHMIri Dec 16, 2016 11:11am

@Proud Pakistani Once,terrorism ends or minimises,India and pakistan can leave peacefully.

Kashif Malik Dec 16, 2016 11:16am

This is simply inhuman. I appeal to all local Human Rights (HR) champions to draw attention of global HR bodies and raise voice against such unacceptable acts of Indian army. I also urge Government of Pakistan to immediately contact their Indian counter parts at every level on this nonsense. I believe not a single sane person in Indian government and army would support such act. The Indian Army should accept this crime and court marshaled the culprits immediately.

aIRLINES Dec 16, 2016 11:29am

@Teja The LOC was drawn between the villages and communities, 'they live there

Haider Dec 16, 2016 11:30am

Targetting children? What a shame!

shafiq Dec 16, 2016 11:34am

These Indian soldiers are cowards.shame on them

KaRI Dec 16, 2016 11:37am

Dont know what to say, find this very hard to believe. Just bcos thinking rationally, there is nothing to gain and every thing to lose by such an act. Diplomaticaly does not fit the Indian story! If true, then I am ashamed as an Indian.

shahbaz khan Dec 16, 2016 11:38am

it is very sad india has to go now

aslam shaikh1 Dec 16, 2016 11:41am

First APC and then on its anniversary firing on a school van, we need strong politicians not cowards who only see money.

Huma Dec 16, 2016 11:41am

:( so sad. This month of December is really heavy on us Pakistanis. Today is the 2 year anniversary of the most darkest day of our lives. When our children were slaughtered :( when will this ever stop. I hope and pray we can leave a safe place for our children.

Vipin Dec 16, 2016 11:42am

I am Indian and if this was unprovoked and intentionally targeted to school van,then I condemned my army's act.We both(Pakistani,Indian) love our own army because they face bullet for us but lets condemn when it is due

keynesian Dec 16, 2016 11:45am

Extremely sorry for your loss. As an Indian i apologise unconditionally for this horror. wish my pakistani brothers would reciprocate in the same way. Kind Regards

South asia Dec 16, 2016 11:49am

Pakistan must evacuate border villages...

Shahryar Shirazi Dec 16, 2016 11:54am

@Teja ???? just watch a few documentaries on how the LoC was carved out in 1948. There was no natural barrier. Its a normal township on both sides with schools, hospitals, agricultural fields etc.

Nadeem Dec 16, 2016 11:56am

Shameless!!! Would my Indian friends rush and say something about this nonsense?? This is extremism of the highest level..

Kamal Pasha Dec 16, 2016 12:01pm

When Indian forces can't stand against Pak forces, they start killing civilians and school children.

kanwarch Dec 16, 2016 12:30pm

@Teja My friend now a days with better weaponry military can easily target people over a vast area near the LOC. People don't need to sit on the LOC to be targeted by other side.Have some compassion for the humanity and condemn the coward act by your armed forces.

RAHAT PROUD INDIAN KASHMIri Dec 16, 2016 12:34pm

Cross border firing must stop from both sides.

think thank Dec 16, 2016 01:24pm

Indian army only good at killing innocents !

Chinto Dec 16, 2016 01:24pm

@Teja There are many villages around LOC so no point scoring please.

Jawad Dec 16, 2016 01:27pm

Why is india killing our childern and women..this is boiling my blood.

Irfan Dec 16, 2016 01:38pm

We need General Raheel

Talha Dec 16, 2016 01:38pm

@Teja What were thousands of Indian villagers doing on LoC which forced Modi to make them evacuate their localities. The fact is both sides can easily target civilians living near LoC and it is only India which chooses to do it over and over again.

jafr Dec 16, 2016 01:45pm

Lets mourn the death of humanity in Indians !

j. Dec 16, 2016 01:52pm

@Teja - Nothing can justify killing children !

Mehboob Dec 16, 2016 01:53pm

@Teja people live near LOC. Villages are As closes as few hundred meters.

MUMBAI VICTIMS PARENTS Dec 16, 2016 01:55pm

@RAHAT PROUD INDIAN KASHMIri I am agree with your views.

Abhi Dec 16, 2016 02:25pm

This is inhuman act. We should maintain peace, don't understand why this happened if everything is normal??

Hamed Quraishi Dec 16, 2016 02:45pm

What I don't understand is, why the buses must drive so near to the border. I don't know the area but there must be some other solution.

DK PAMNANI Dec 16, 2016 02:56pm

What is role of children on LOC. Why they have gone there knowing that situation is worse on LOC.

Mohajir Dec 16, 2016 03:16pm

Any Bus/Van/Truck near LOC will be a target. This is a well known fact on both sides so why was this Van allowed to ply so close to LOC ?

Adeel Dec 16, 2016 03:21pm

@Vipin completely Agree they should not go unchecked I am from Pakistan and anything which is uncalled for from our side should be checked and culprits to be punish

tariq Dec 16, 2016 03:28pm

for many not having the capacity to understand, in Azad Kashmir people live very close to boarder. there is a lot of civilians that can be targeted. In india people are not allowed or have by force been pushed away from boarder area. that is the difference of an occupying forces and free people.

Vijay B. Dec 16, 2016 04:03pm

@tariq Come off it. India and Pakistan are both in the same boat in the perspective of the people of the respective areas of Kashmir under their control.

Bhushan Parimoo Dec 16, 2016 04:32pm

sad unfortunate

CONSERVATIVE Dec 16, 2016 04:44pm

@Teja there are civilians living on both sides if LoC. Once I staYedingham at a rest house at Keran on the bank of River Neelam. Next morning I woke up with Azaan from a mosque on the IOK across the river. It's a beautiful area if there peace on LoC.

Leo Dec 16, 2016 05:02pm

Although I am not sure if this is a correct story. It's a pity if any life is lost. My condolences. I hope peace prevails!

Mango man Dec 16, 2016 05:38pm

What is a school van doing on the border? Seriously, why is it there??

Javed Dec 16, 2016 05:36pm

Both countries should avoid civilian deaths. After all civilians on either side are the ones we want to 'liberate.'

Bk Dec 16, 2016 05:41pm

I will blame pak forces for this loss of life. They know that the situation at LOC is really bad for the last few months and still they allow vehicles to ply.

Dr.Sadaf Dec 16, 2016 06:09pm

@Chandra , was a school bus targeted in your area also, if not then please keep the insanity term where it belongs.

bipin Dec 16, 2016 06:24pm

@Jawad thats the exact purpose of this news. I havent seen any other media supporting this

Max payne Dec 16, 2016 09:02pm

As an Indian I condemn this act. Civilians should be kept out on both sides.

Nitin Dec 16, 2016 09:16pm

Bullet dont knows whether it will hit a child or a man. So lets make peace on LOC.

murliram Dec 16, 2016 10:28pm

Enough! comments are not fetching us any peace between us. Am ready to die for the cause of fostering peace between the two estranged brothers. I need advice and suggestions from brothers across the border and real help as to how to over come this problem. Drop me a mail at murliram_talk@yahoo.co.in. Let's walk hand in hand and set aside our religion, nationality and egos aside. Hindi, Pakistani bhai bhai, Hindi, Pakistani bhai bhai!

Bombaiyaa Dec 16, 2016 10:40pm

this is really sad, and i wont justify this, but would really like to know why are school still open and kids still being ferried out on the active border area which has been under fire from some time now ??? incompetent government doesn't has a clue what to do.. the bullet fired from across the borders dont have a fixed destination on it, so anything coming under range will be in the impact zone.. get the kids out of the border area soon..

Shri Dec 16, 2016 10:43pm

Do not fire from behind soft targets and they will not be targeted. Absolutely no reason otherwise for Indian forces to fire at school buses or ambulances.

message Dec 16, 2016 11:44pm

why school bus going near to the Border ? Both of the side should alert the common people to reach near the fence and Border roads.

PAKISTAN FIRST Dec 17, 2016 12:03am

@bipin : So now you denying it too, do you really think any Indian paper is going to publish this. What a joke you are

Tamil Dec 17, 2016 12:06am

Sad to hear the loss of children again. I am ashamed to see my country soldiers use unscrupulous means for our internal political gain. Shame.

Roy Dec 17, 2016 12:18am

16 December once more.It was the anniversary of APS Attack and now the children targetted again! Shame on India for such acts!Once covertly and now overtly!!

Roy Dec 17, 2016 12:21am

@Teja They were obviously going to school because of the proximity of villages to the border. But obviously within their own bounds! They were obviously not crossing the border! So why did Indians fire?Is there any logic or reasoning for that? NO! For heaven's sake its enough of the test of the nerves of Pakistan! Stop this now!

Rajput Dec 17, 2016 12:28am

Indians stop coward acts. Be like men!Enough of attacks on our children!

Rajput Dec 17, 2016 12:28am

@Bk Bravo! A killer says that the killed one was at fault that he came in front . what a logic!

Rajput Dec 17, 2016 12:32am

@Mango man Mr Mango man, their villages are in the proximity of the LOC.So they live there. Point is why did Indians fire for no reason . That too, on a van? a school van? Its illogical to ask why were the children there. The range of such weapons which hit the van is about 6 kms. So should they vacate the whole areas because of the long range of weapons tested frequently by Indians??

Sudhakar USA Dec 17, 2016 04:30am

@Teja : Perhaps handlers are recruiting them young from next generation to push across the border.

Muhammad Imran Dec 17, 2016 07:36am

@Nitin Man behind the gun certainly knows who he is going to target. In this particular case innocent children.

Praja Dec 17, 2016 04:13pm

@Teja you are absolutely right

KaR Dec 17, 2016 04:51pm

So on the anniversary of probly the most horrific terrorist attack, there is allegedly firing on a school bus. Wonder why Pak FO isnt kicking up a fuss on international stage?? Anyone?

Dawn Dec 17, 2016 06:45pm

India following in the foot-steps of their mentors the israeli settlers.

Mustafa R. Dec 17, 2016 08:16pm

@Teja;

'This is very sad but I dont understand that what school kids are doing on LOC.'

They live on LOC, it is a populated area/

Mustafa R. Dec 17, 2016 08:23pm

@Chandra;

'Very sad accident'

Sorry, not an accident.

Mustafa R. Dec 17, 2016 08:22pm

@PROUD INDIAN KASHMIri;

State terrorism is the worst form of terrorism.

Mustafa R. Dec 17, 2016 08:26pm

@jafr;

'Lets mourn the death of humanity in Indians !'

Humanity never lived in them.

Amon Dec 17, 2016 11:19pm

@Dawn Good for India

Atheroth Dec 18, 2016 05:29am

@Teja um, they live there.

Sachin Dec 19, 2016 01:07am

Situation on border is very volatile and tense. Both govts have prohibited media from carrying real reports to avoid inflamming public opinion.