Woman Killed in LOC Firing

MUZAFFARABAD: A civilian woman was killed in frontier Kashmir town after troops from two hostile countries exchanged firing and  shelling, officials said.

Three other civilians — the woman’s husband and daughter, and a third female relative — were wounded in the shelling, local officials said.

The incident took place on Friday in Nezapir sector, located in Forward Kahuta district on the Line of Control (LoC).

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement saying Ms Munir Akhter, 42, embraced martyrdom while her two daughters, Nasreen and Zeenat, and husband Muhammad Azam were injured when a mortar shell hit their house.

ISPR said unprovoked firing and shelling began earlier in the day in village Mohri in Nezapir Sector.

Indian troops resorted to ‘unprovoked firing’ of heavy weapons in Nezapir Sector, the ISPR said, adding that Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing in a befitting manner and silenced the Indian artillery.

Asad Naqvi, a police official in the area, confirmed the incident and casualties.

A defence spokesman in Jammu meanwhile said, Pakistan again fired at the Shahpur sector in Poonch district on Friday. The firing which began at 8:15AM in the morning was still going on in the valley. He said, Pakistan had violated ceasefire more than 192 times till August 9. 

Only in this month Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement 21 times which resulted in the death of three civilians and one BSF personnel, Minister of State for Home Affairs HP Chaudhary said.

Tension between India and Pakistan are high along the LoC, the de facto border which splits the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s national security advisor, on Thursday said he would visit India on August 23 for talks.

Aziz said the visit would not be herald a “breakthrough” in the issues straining tensions between the rivals, but said it would at least break the ice on some of them, adding: “let’s hope it will lead to further, more comprehensive dialogue on the other issues between the two countries”.

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