Indian firing kills three civilians in Pak Kashmir

The death toll in Sunday’s Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) increased to three, as one of the three injured persons succumbed to his wounds in the wee hours of Monday at a health facility in Pakistan-administered  Kashmir(PaK), media reports say.

On Sunday night, two persons were killed and another three had been critically wounded in PaK when Indian forces opened fire across the restive dividing line, Pakistan daily Dawn reported

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.

Naveed ran a photocopy shop while Asma was a BSc student.

Mushtaq, his wife Naseema Begum, 55, and another son Ansar, 25, were critically injured and hospitalised in Forward Kahuta, district headquarters of Haveli.

However, at about 2:30am, Ansar was rushed to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan Hospital, Rawalakot — in the neighbouring Poonch district — owing to his serious condition, but he did not survive.

Doctors at the hospital pronounced him dead on arrival at about 4:30am, Hussain said.

Tthe latest casualties have pushed the death toll due to Indian firing in PaK in the ongoing year to 27 while another 175 have received injuries, according to local officials.

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