Student killed in Indian shelling

Updated February 28, 2018


MUZAFFARABAD: A grade five student lost his life while another man was injured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday due to shelling by Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC).

Casualties occurred in the Nakyal sector of Kotli district, said Waleed Anwar, assistant commissioner of Nakyal.

He said that Zain Imtiaz, 11, was hit by splinters of a mortar shell in front of his house in Dharoti Naari village and died on the spot.

Elsewhere in the same sector, 26-year old Muhammad Farid was injured in Kunda Tarkundi village, Mr Anwar said.

The funeral prayers for the boy were offered in Nakyal after which his body was taken to his native village for burial.

Earlier, an unpleasant scene was created at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Nakyal, after its administration initially refused to provide an ambulance to ferry the body of the boy to Dharoti Naari village, located barely seven kilometres away from there. Later, the administration provided the ambulance to the people.

Meanwhile, a large number of people also staged a protest in the town’s Parawa Chowk against unrelenting shelling by Indian security forces across the dividing line.

In Islamabad, the Foreign Office summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC in which Zain lost his life, adds PPI.

Published in Dawn, February 28th, 2018