A 55-year old woman was killed and a man injured on Friday in “unprovoked” shelling by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-administered Kashmir as the two sides accused each other of ceasefire violation .
“They (Indian troops) started shelling at about 7am without any provocation. Shelling has continued intermittently since,” Qazi Arsalan, a police official in Abasspur town of Poonch district, was quoted as saying by Dawn online.
An elderly woman was killed in firing by Indian troops two days earlier in the same area, Dawn reported.
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.
Indian army said the Pakistan Army resorted to “unprovoked firing at Indian positions at five places in the Poonch sector injuring a trooper.”
“They used mortars, automatics and small arms to target our positions in Digwar, Shahpur, Khari, Karmara and Malti areas,” army officials said.
The Indian Army retaliated “strongly and effectively”, the officials added. Shelling and firing exchanges are still going on.
Indian and Pakistani military officials had recently agreed during a meeting in New Delhi to revive the “spirit of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement” in wake of loss of lives along the heavily militarised LoC due to frequent skirmishes this year.
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