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Soldier martyred in cross-LoC firing

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan Army soldier was martyred in unprovoked firing by the Indian troops in Thub sector along the Line of Control (LoC), said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday.

“Pakistan Army troops responded to Indian unprovoked firing effectively,” the statement further said.

The martyred soldier was identified as Zaheer Ahmed. He belonged to Sultan Pur village, Tehsil and District Bhimber, and is survived by a widow.

Ceasefire violations are a frequent feature along the LoC and Working Boundary despite the leadership of Pakistan Rangers and India’s Border Security Forces agreeing in November 2017 that the “spirit” of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement must be revived to protect innocent lives.

On November 3, a woman was martyred in India’s unprovoked firing along the LoC.

In September, another civilian was martyred in unprovoked firing by Indian forces along the LoC.

Pakistan has repeatedly condemned increasing ceasefire violations by Indian forces due to which several civilians have lost their lives in cross-border skirmishes. Unprovoked firing by Indian forces across the LoC had taken 832 lives, left 3,000 injured and had damaged 3,300 houses in the first half of 2017.

In September, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on the Indian acts of continued aggression and atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

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