Srinagar: One civilian was killed while six others were injured in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) due to heavy shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian troops on Wednesday, Dawn reported.
Meanwhile, Indian army Wednesday said that Pakistan targeted forward posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district with mortars and small arms fire. “The Indian Army is retaliating,” a defence spokesperson said.
The casualties in Pakistan Administered Kashmir occurred in different villages of Nakyal sector in the southern Kotli district as people were getting ready for their work, Waleed Anwar, the assistant commissioner in PaK in told Dawn.
Indian army spokesperson told PTI that Pakistan army “initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms and mortars from 0815 hours in Poonch and Bhimbher Gali sectors along the Line of Control (LoC)”.
Officials in PaK said that the shelling began at 7:15am was going on when reports last came in. “[The shelling] is heavy; it has restricted people indoors,” Anwar said. A shell landed in the courtyard of a house in Balakot village, leaving 25-year-old Malick Mohammad Razaq dead on the spot, he said.
The deceased’s 35-year old married sister, Irum Bibi, was injured after a shrapnel hit her in the face, he added. Anwar said that a 45-year-old woman from the same village, Ghulam Fatima, was also injured.
Kulsoom Bibi, 45, a resident of Oli Panjini village and 13-year-old Ahsan Karim from the Datot Patochi village, suffered injuries as well. A 40-year-old woman from the Pir Klanjar village, Kalsoom and a resident of Mithrani village Nasreen Akhtar, 35 were also injured in the cross-border shelling.
The Inter Services Public Relations in a statement confirmed the shelling, adding that Indian forces have also suffered losses from Pakistan Army’s retaliatory attack.