2 killed in fir­ing across Indo-Pak bound­ary

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

At least two Pak­istani cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing a mi­nor, were killed and 14 in­jured along the Work­ing Bound­ary area in Sialkot dis­trict dur­ing an ex­change of fire be­tween In­dian and Pak­istani se­cu­rity forces on Tues­day.

An In­ter-Ser­vices Public Re­la­tions (ISPR) state­ment pub­lished on the Ra­dio Pak­istan web­site said two civil­ians ? in­clud­ing a mi­nor ? were killed due to "un­pro­voked fir­ing" by In­dian troops in Sukhial vil­lage.

Women and chil­dren are in­cluded among the 14 wounded in the ex­change of fire in the Pukhlian and Ba­jwat sec­tors, the ISPR said.

The ISPR said that "un­pro­voked shelling" across the Work­ing Bound­ary in Sukhial vil­lage in­jured three chil­dren and two women. The ISPR added that Pak­istani troops re­sponded to the shelling in a "be­fit­ting" man­ner. An In­dian web­site said of­fi­cials claimed that fir­ing from the Pak­istani side had killed one In­dian civil­ian.

On the other hand, Pak­istan has lodged protest with In­dia on the latest un­pro­voked ceasefire vi­o­la­tions by the In­dian se­cu­rity forces in Pukhlian-Aknur sec­tor at the Work­ing Bound­ary. The For­eign Of­fice spokesper­son in a state­ment of­fered con­do­lences and deep sym­pa­thies to the be­reaved fam­i­lies on the loss of pre­cious lives.

The un­pro­voked ceasefire vi­o­la­tions were started by In­dia at New Kane and two other posts at 0530 hours to­day. Pak­istani posts re­sponded to this provo­ca­tion. The In­dian troops then opened fire from all their posts in the area tar­get­ing civil­ians and vil­lages. The spokesper­son said Pak­istan con­veyed its deep con­cern at the con­tin­u­ous un­pro­voked ceasefire vi­o­la­tions by the In­dian side at the LoC and the Work­ing Bound­ary and tar­get­ing of the civil­ians.

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