Woman among two killed in firing by Indian troops across LoC: ISPR

11:25 PM | 11 Mar, 2019
Woman among two killed in firing by Indian troops across LoC: ISPR
RAWALPINDI – Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday, killing at least two civilians including a woman.

Four others sustained injuries in the cross-border fire by Indian troops targeting the civilian population in Chakothi sector of Jhelum Valley district along the de facto border, the military's media wing said in a statement.

“Pakistan army troops responded effectively [by] targeting [the] Indian post which initiated [the] fire," said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

The deceased were identified as Noushad Bibi, a resident of Soka village, and Ghulam Hussain, who lived in Bakot village.

Four people identified as Raja Mehmood (r/o Darang More), Zahida Bibi (r/o Bari Bhaik), Ghulam Muhammad and Muhammad Zakir (r/o Bakot village) sustained injuries in the firing.

On Sunday, Indian firing left a civilian dead and four others injured in Pandu, Chakothi and Khilana sectors of Jhelum Valley district.

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Pakistan also captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after his MiG-21 fighter jet was shot down during a dogfight near the Line of Control (LoC) on February 27. He was released by Islamabad the same week as a “peace gesture”.

Since then, over half of dozen civilians have been killed and around 40 others wounded in Indian shelling in different areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

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