SRINAGAR: A 35-year-old woman, Akhtar Bi, died and her 40-year-old husband, Mohammad Hanief, was injured in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, a civilian, M Rizwan, was killed while two others, Wilayat Bibi and Abdul Aziz, were injured in firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria said.
Administration in Jammu and Kashmir has directed the closure of schools in villages adjoining the LoC after the ceasefire violation, an official said. Administration has also made arrangements for evacuation from villages in the forward areas.
“Ceasefire violations by India continued along the LoC at Tandar, Sabzkot, Khuiratta, Baron, Bagsar and Khanjar sectors, resulting in the death of M Rizwan and critical injuries to two civilians, including a woman,” Zakaria tweeted. “We condemn Indian acts of deliberate targeting of civilians”.
Indian Army sources said that Pakistan initiated indiscriminate firing with small arms and mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector in Rajouri district around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. Sources said that Indian Army posts retaliated “strongly and effectively”, while intermittent firing was still going on.
Wednesday’s incidents come a week after an Indian Army officer and a Border Security Force trooper were killed along the LoC when Pakistan fired rockets along the Line of Control in Poonch district, Army sources said. A head constable and junior commissioned officer (JCO) were also seriously injured in the attack.
Indian Home Ministry, said in its reply to an RTI application, that Pakistan had been violating the ceasefire daily along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 and 2016, in which 23 troopers were killed. Pakistan violated the ceasefire across the Line of Control 449 times in 2016, as compared to 405 violations in 2015, the ministry said.