Woman killed in Indian firing across LoC

Woman killed in Indian firing across LoC

MUZAFFARABAD: A woman was killed while another sustained injuries when Indian security forces opened fire on civilians living along the Line of Control (LoC), the military's media wing said Monday.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Indian security forces reportedly opened firing in the Nakyal and Khuiratta sectors of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Senior Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfraz said that 45-year old Muneer Begum was cutting fodder near an unmarked dividing line in Sloor Tarkundi village when she fell victim to firing with "short range weapons" at 11.30am. "Indian troops did not stop firing and as a result villagers were unable to remove her body from in front of their post for quite some time," he added.

Another woman, identified as Musarrat Bibi, was injured in Keri sector in the limits of the Charhoi Police Station.

The ISPR claimed that the Pakistan Army "responded effectively and targeted the Indian posts".

Earlier in June, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) director general told the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Kashmir Affair that unprovoked firing by Indian forces across the Line of Control had taken 832 lives, left 3,000 people injured and 3,300 houses damaged. 



Published in Daily Times, August 8th 2017.