Pak. accuses India of targeting civilians

Pak. accuses India of targeting civilians

The jawan has been identified as Mohammad Showkat and his wife Saifa Bi. "The couple's two children were also injured when a shell fired from across the border hit their house on the LoC in Gulpur area". The ISPR reported that two individuals, including a girl embraced martyrdom and three citizens were injured. India also told Pakistan that it had only responded to the firing by Pakistani troops.

He said an exgratia relief of Rs 5 lakhs is being paid to the dead in cross-LoC firing and shelling.

The ceasefire violations along the LoC have become a norm given the strained relations between Pakistan and India following a terrorist attack on Uri army base in September previous year and Pakistan's strong reaction to unrest in held Kashmir on the global forums.

Meanwhile, a group of militants attacked a patrol party of army at Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district in the wee hours today.

The injured army men were evacuated to army hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment.

The latest incident happened as escalation along the LoC has been seen since a militant attack on an army center in the Indian-controlled Kashmir killed 19 soldiers on September 18 past year.

"Two civilians died in Pak firing in Poonch sector this morning", police here said.



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