Teen Killed In Cross-LoC Shelling In Poonch

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Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control – File Pic

Srinagar: A teenager on Thursday was killed after India and Pakistan troops traded gunfire along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir

16-year-old Gulfaraz, son of Mohammad Rashid of Tain Mankote was hit by a shell when the two estranged armies were exchanging heavy gunfire along the LoC in Mankote, reports said. A class 12 student, the teen died instantly after being hit by a shell.

The incident occurred when the teenager was returning from nearby fields after grazing cattle.

“The Pakistani troopers violated the ceasefire in the area by attacking Indian posts and the civilian population in the area. The teen was hit by a shell fired by Pakistani troops,” SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar told news agency GNS.

He said that a police party was immediately deputed to the area.

Pak Says Soldier, 2 Civilians Killed In Indian Firing

Meanwhile a Pakistan Army soldier and two civilians were killed in Indian firing in the Kailer and Rakhchikri sectors in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Geo TV quoting Pakistani military reported on Thursday.

Quoting a statement from army’s media wing ISPR, the report said that 34- year-old Lance Naik Ali Baz was killed when Indian army targeted Pakistani posts with automatic and heavy weapons in Kailer Sector.

The report also claimed that two civilians, including a teenage girl were killed and two others injured in a ceasefire violation by Indian army in Rakchikri Sector.

According to the report, the killings took place hours after Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the LoC and took stock of the situation.

Pak Summons Indian Envoy Over Ceasefire Violation

Pakistan summoned the Indian Charge d’Affaires here to lodge protest over the alleged firing by the Indian troops across the Line of Control that resulted in the killing of a Pakistani soldier and two civilians.

Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri summoned Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia and registered “Pakistan’s strong protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian forces” in Rakhchikri Sector on April 29, Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) said.

The Pakistan Army had claimed that a 34-year-old Pakistani soldier and two women were killed in firing allegedly by the Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC) on April 29.

“In 2020 alone India has committed 919 ceasefire violations and deliberately targeted innocent civilians living close to the LoC in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons, the FO said.

The DG (SA & SAARC) called upon the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, investigate it and other such incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the working boundary, it said.

In August last year, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner and suspended bilateral trade ties with India in response to New Delhi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

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