Five civilians sustained injuries on Thursday as Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing across the Working Boundary, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The “intense and heavy” exchange of fire continued for 11 hours on Harpal and Chaprar sectors on the Working Boundary, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The ISPR added that Pakistani troops responded “befittingly” to Indian firing and inflicted “heavy casualties” while targeting Indian posts.
Heavy mortar shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on villages along the Working Boundary a day earlier killed two residents of villages in the Chaprar sector and left another eight badly wounded.
During the cross-firing, at least two Pakistani civilians were also killed and another eight sustained injuries by the Indian shelling in Harpal and Chuprar sectors along the Working Boundary (WB), the military’s media wing ISPR said.
At least six civilians have been killed, and 21 injured as a result of Indian violations in less than a week. “Another civilian Sikander from Sona valley who was injured at LoC yesterday succumbed to his injuries at CMH Kharian today,” said the statement.
For the third time in less than two weeks, the Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned to the Foreign Office where the South Asia and Saarc director general lodged a protest over ceasefire violations by the BSF in the Chaprar and Harpal sectors and along the Line of Control in the Bhimber sector. The Indian diplomat was asked to ensure that the incidents were investigated and that the findings shared with Pakistan.