Srinagar: Pakistan on Friday said that a 55-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were killed and five other civilians, including a teenage girl, injured in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) when Indian troops allegedly resorted to “unprovoked” shelling across the Line of Control (LoC).
“They (Indian troops) started shelling at about 7am without any provocation. Shelling continued intermittently after,” the Dawn newspaper reported, quoting Qazi Arsalan, an official at the Abbaspur police station in PaK.
In PaK’S Poonch dIstrict, Rashida Begum, a 55-year-old widow of a police constable, was critically injured in Taroti Bala Galli village after shrapnel from a mortar shell hit her, the official said, adding that she succumbed to her wounds on way to the hospital.
Abdul Aziz Shaikh, a retired junior grade employee of the education department, was injured after splinters pierced his left thigh in Taroti village, he added.
He was transferred to Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahayan Hospital after receiving initial treatment in Abbaspur, he added.
In Nezapir sector, Mohammad Hanif, 52, was killed and five others were wounded after “heavy” shelling began there around 8:50am, police official Ishfaq Ahmed told the Dawn from Forward Kahuta – District Headquarters of Haveli.
The injured were identified as Shafqat Hussain, 35, Khadija Bibi, 44, Mohammad Ismail, 40 and a 15-year-old girl.
All casualties occurred in Kairni village, the police official said, adding the injured had been admitted to a military-run health facility in Forward Kahuta.
The Dawn newspaper reported, quoting official sources, that the latest casualties have pushed the death toll due to alleged Indian shelling in PaK since January this year to 44, while the number of injured persons has swelled to 253.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army alleged that one of its soldiers was injured after Pakistani troops allegedly violated the ceasefire in Poonch.
The authorities also closed schools along the LoC in Poonch district on Friday due to alleged shelling from the Pakistani side, PTI reported.
Both government and private institutions along the LoC in Shahpur, Kandi and other areas of Poonch have been closed, an official told PTI.
He said that Pakistan resorted to cross-border firing and shelling targeting posts and villages along the LoC in Poonch sector for the third consecutive day today.