Pakistan says Indian shelling kills civilian in disputed Kashmir | Humanitarian Crises News

Pakistan says Indian shelling kills civilian in disputed Kashmir | Humanitarian Crises News


A 50-year-old woman killed, three others, including a four-year-old child, wounded in the incident.

A civilian has been killed and three wounded by Indian shelling in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Pakistan’s military said.

The civilian, a 50-year-old woman, was killed and three others, including a four-year-old child, were wounded in the Tatta Pani and Jandrot areas on Tuesday as tension remained high between the South Asian neighbours in the disputed region.

“Indian troops unprovoked ceasefire violation in [Tatta Pani] and Jandrot Sectors along [the Line of Control], deliberately targeting civil population with mortars and heavy weapons,” said a Pakistan military statement.

Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the disputed mountain territory, which both claim in full but administer separate portions of.

The shelling came hours before Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Pakistani troops stationed at the LoC, the de facto border and ceasefire line that divides the disputed territory.

Tensions have been high at the LoC for the last two years, with frequent violations of a 2003 ceasefire agreement by both countries [File: Sajjad Qayyum/AFP]

Tensions have been high at the LoC for the last two years, with frequent violations of a 2003 ceasefire agreement by both countries.

Both countries routinely blame each other for initiating the violence.

“These egregious violations of international law reflect consistent Indian attempts to escalate the situation along the LoC and are a threat to regional peace and security,” a statement by the Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs office said on Wednesday.

Pakistan alleges that India violated the ceasefire more than 3,000 times this year, killing at least 28 civilians and wounding more than 249.

India does not routinely share consolidated data on Pakistani shelling, but has also recorded civilian casualties due to what it calls shelling from Pakistani military.

Last week, Indian firing across the LoC damaged a UN military observers’ vehicle, part of a fact-finding mission to an area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir that is close to the LoC.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry vehemently protested the incident, in which there were no casualties but bullet holes were visible on the UN vehicle.

India’s foreign ministry, meanwhile, denied that Indian troops were responsible for the damage.

Security operation launched

In an unrelated development, Pakistan’s military says 10 people – all identified as armed fighters – were killed after a security operation in the southwestern district of Awaran on Tuesday.

The military said the security operation was launched in response to the killing of a Pakistani soldier in the area on Sunday.

Awaran is situated in Balochistan province, where for more than a decade Pakistani troops have been battling armed separatist groups who call for the independence of the province from Pakistan.





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