Two civilians Martyred;8 injured by Indian firing at LoC

Pak forces killed 5 Indian soldiers in tit-for-tat response

Islamabad:At least two civilians were killed by Indian fire along the Working Boundary on Wednesday in Chaprar sector, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Eight civilians were also injured in the latest episode of cross-border firing by the Indian forces, the statement added.
“Pakistan Rangers gave a befitting response to Indian unprovoked fire,” read the ISPR statement. Pakistan’s armed forces have targeted outposts of Indian army along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, killing at least five enemy soldiers , sources said on Wednesday.
“Pakistani forces gave befitting response to unprovoked Indian fire along the LoC. Five Indian soldiers are confirmed dead,” said the sources.
The sources said four Indian posts were destroyed on Tuesday in Pakistani shelling at the Bhimbar Sector.
Earlier in the day, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said two civilians were killed and eight others injured as Indian forces resorted to unprovoked fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Chaprar Sector.
Tensions between the two countries have been strained since July, when Indian forces killed a young Kashmiri fighter, prompting mass protests in Indian-administered Kashmir. The resulting crackdown by security forces has seen at least 80 Kashmiri protesters killed.
Relations plummeted even further in September, when gunmen stormed an Indian military base in Uri, killing 18 Indian soldiers, the largest such attack in 14 years.
India blamed Pakistan for the attack, and in response said it had launched “surgical strikes” across the de facto border in Kashmir on Sept 29 to target Kashmiri fighters based there. Pakistan denied any incursion had occurred on its territory.
A civilian, Sikander, who was injured by Indian fire on October 25, succumbed to his injuries in Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Kharian today.
Pakistan earlier today lodged a strong protest with India against “unprovoked” ceasefire violations on Oct 25-26. This is the third such protest lodged within a week.
The director general (South Asia and Saarc), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh on Wednesday to lodge a protest against ceasefire violations by Indian forces across the Working Boundary in the Chaprar and Harpal sectors, and across the Line of Control in the Bhimber sector, a Foreign Office (FO) statement said.
ISPR had said that five civilians had been injured by Indian fire today in the Sialkot sector, in a statement released earlier today.
The ISPR statement claimed that India’s Border Security Force resorted to “unprovoked firing” across the Working Boundary in Harpal and Chaprar sectors.
ISPR said that Pakistan Rangers Punjab “befittingly” responded to “unprovoked” Indian firing and shelling.
“Since October 21, four civilians have embraced martyrdom while 21 others were injured at the Working Boundary,” the ISPR claimed. Whereas, two people died due to firing along the Line of Control.
The Indian side was asked to investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, and to instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace along the Working Boundary and LoC.
FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria last week alleged that India has committed more than 90 ceasefire violations in 2016.
“During the 2014 provincial assembly elections, India violated ceasefire agreement more than 200 times,” Zakaria said. He claimed that Pakistan has “never violated the ceasefire agreement.”


Pak summons Indian Dy. High Commissioner over ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD : Pakistan has once again lodged a protest over the unprovoked firing across Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary by the Indian forces.
According to details, Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned by the Director General (South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), Dr. Faisal and handed over the protest letter to the envoy.
It was stated in the protest letter that the Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing across Line of Control and Working Boundary on Oct 25 and 26 and targeted innocent civilians on purpose.
The indiscriminate firing in Bhimber sector resulted in the martyrdom of one civilian as nine locals were also injured during the ceasefire violations.
Pakistan also demanded that India should carry out investigation over the matter and let us know about outcomes in this regard.


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