Hours after violating Pakistani airspace in a blatant act of aggression, Indian troops on Tuesday resorted to targeting civilians along the Line of Control (LoC), resulting in the martyrdom of four people and injuries to 11 others.
The deceased include Motian Begum, her son Afraaz, daughter Zareena and a resident of Khanpur village Shehnaz.
The machine gun, mortar and artillery shelling began at about 5:30pm simultaneously in Kotli, Bhimber and Poonch districts and was “intense and indiscriminate”, with civilians being ruthlessly targeted by Indian forces without any provocation, officials added.
The Kotli district was the worst hit area as all four of its sectors sharing the LoC came under heavy attack, according to deputy commissioner Dr Umer Azam.
An emergency has been imposed in the hospitals of the area in the wake of Indian shelling. While India media, on the other hand, reported that five of its soldiers were sent to hospital as a result of firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops from across the border.
The LoC ceasefire violations come in the wake of an attack by the India Air Force into the Pakistan territory, which, however, was foiled by the Pakistani jets.
LINE OF CONTROL UPDATE: 2 civilians Abdur Rahman & Shamim injured in firing on Line of Control, Tarkandi area,
In Pak forces’ response, 2 Indian posts have been pacified, or neutralized, no more firing or shelling now
visuals were recorded earlier today pic.twitter.com/dIXJRA834g
— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) February 26, 2019