Man killed as In­dian troops tar­get civil­ians

The Miracle - - Front Page - Source: dawn.com

A man was killed on Wed­nes­day in an in­ci­dent of cross-bor­der fir­ing across the Work­ing Boundary on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR). “In­dian troops ini­ti­ated un­pro­voked cease­fire vi­o­la­tions us­ing mor­tars and au­to­mat­ics and tar­geted the in­no­cent civil­ian pop­u­la­tion along [the] Work­ing Boundary in [the] Phuk­lian sec­tor,” the ISPR said. The Pak­istan Rangers “ef­fec­tively re­sponded and tar­geted In­dian posts fir­ing on [the] civil­ian pop­u­la­tion,” the state­ment added. Muham­mad Za­hoor, a res­i­dent of Dewra vil­lage, was killed in the cross-bor­der ex­change of fire, ISPR said. The heav­ily mil­i­tarised LoC and Work­ing Boundary have wit­nessed spo­radic skir­mishes and ar­tillery du- els since the al­leged In­dian ‘sur­gi­cal strike’ last Septem­ber, in vi­o­la­tion of the 2003 Cease­fire Agree­ment signed by both coun­tries. Earlier this month, a five-year-old girl was killed in Azad Jammu and Kash­mir when an In­dian sol­dier opened fire across the Line of Con­trol. The or­phan was killed when a sin­gle bul­let by an In­dian sol­dier hit her as she stood in the court­yard of her house in Po­las vil­lage of Ab­baspur sec­tor in the south­ern Poonch district. Protests were held in the area against the “ap­a­thy of the state and the gov­ern­ment to­wards the plight of the peo­ple liv­ing along the LoC” after the in­ci­dent.

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