3 children among 4 civilians killed by indian firing along working boundary:ISPR

Islamabad: At least four people including  three children and a women were martyred and 10 others injured when Indian forces resorted to unprovoked shelling from across the working boundary in Charwah Sector  in Sialkot. According to  the army, the Indian forces targeted civilian population in the  shelling.

The ISPR,  media wing of the Pakistan Army, said the Rangers deployed along the Working Boundary befittingly responded to Indian firing and targeted enemy’s posts. The ISPR said Indian posts  caught fire after being targeted by the Pakistani paramilitary troops.

The Foreign Office said that the violations took place in Pukhlian, Cahprar, Harpal, Charwah and Shakargarh sectors and identified the deceased as a woman, Kalsoom, and her three children — Mehwish, Safia and Hamza.

FO summons Indian high commissioner

The acting foreign secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria today to condemn the unprovoked and continuing ceasefire violations along the LoC and WB, the FO said.

In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 1,050 ceasefire violations along the LoC and WB, resulting in the killing of 28 civilians, while injuring 117 others, it added.

The acting foreign secretary urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire and maintain peace on the LoC and WB.

The incident comes days after a two-week silence on the LoC and WB was broken on Monday when a Pakistani man was shot dead by an Indian sniper.

The heavily militarised LoC has frequently witnessed ceasefire violations, particularly after September 2016, in a serious breach of a truce signed by the two armies in November 2003.

Apart from heavy mortar shelling, Indian troops have resorted to deliberate targeting of civilians with small arms while they conduct daily chores in vulnerable areas along the LoC in AJK.

“In 2017, 46 civilians were killed in similar attacks and another 262 wounded, while the number of the deceased and injured persons in 2016 was 41 and 142 respectively,” according to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).

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