Srinagar: Five civilians, including a woman and two minor boys, were injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday, officials said.
Three civilians were killed in Pakistan-administered Kashmir by Indian shelling across the Line of Control on Sunday, the Pakistani media reported.
Officials on this side of the LoC said that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from light to heavy weapons for nearly 45 minutes, targeting forward posts and villages in the Shahpur sector at around 6 pm, the PTI reported.
“Five persons received splinter injuries in the cross LoC firing and shelling by Pakistani troops. Two of them are undergoing treatment at the district hospital,” District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Tariq Ahmad Zargar told PTI.
The injured have been identified as Jameel Ahmad (45), Parvaiza Akhtar (20), Mohammad Safir (10) of Bandichichi, Javaid Hussain (24) and Mohammad Qasim (14) of Kaswa village, a police official said.
The injured were given first aid locally and then sent to a district hospital, he said.
Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that two persons were killed and another three critically wounded when Indian forces opened fire across the LoC on Sunday.
The death toll increased to three when one of the three injured succumbed to his wounds on Monday, the paper quoted officials as saying.
The casualties took place in Fatehpur village of Nezapir sector in Haveli district, which came under “unprovoked” Indian shelling from 10pm to 11pm, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Chaudhry Kashif Hussain said.
One shell landed in the house of Shaikh Mushtaq, 65, a retired schoolteacher, leaving his children Naveed, 32, and daughter Asma, 20, dead on the spot, Hussain said.
Mushtaq, his wife Naseema Begum, 55, and another son Ansar, 25, were critically injured and hospitalised at the district headquarters of Haveli.
At about 2:30am, Ansar was rushed to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan Hospital, Rawalakot, due to his serious condition, but he did not survive.
The report said that on Sunday, Indian troops had also shelled Nezapir sector from 3pm to 5pm but no casualties were reported.
The ceasefire violations came even as senior army commanders from both sides held a flag meeting at the LoC on August 24 in an attempt to de-escalate tension.
Also on Saturday, the Border Security Force (BSF) said it had killed at least three Pakistani rangers after the other side indulged in unprovoked firing along the Indo-Pak border in Pargwal area of Jammu.