SIALKOT (Web Desk / AFP) – At least six Pakistani civilians including one woman and a child were killed and 46 others injured as mortar shells fired from the Indian side landed in different areas of Sialkot, a district in Pakistan s eastern Punjab province, which borders India, on Friday morning,
According to details, Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling along the Working Boundary in Sialkot s Bajragarh, Sujeetgarh, Harpal and Chaprar sectors early Friday morning.
Mostly civlians have been affected by the attacks and many houses have been partially damaged in different villages including Umranwali, Kundanpur, Thathi Khurd, Thathi Kalan, Mahendarwal, Khanor, Jamal Jand, Dhamalan, Harpal, Anola, Harnawali, Dhol Malanay, Suhailpur, Salehpur and Nandpur were affected due Indian firing and shelling.
A senior Pakistani security official told AFP that Indian forces began firing around 3:00 am on Friday (2200 GMT Thursday) and continued intermittently during the morning.
“Six civilians embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and 46 were severely injured including 22 females due to Indian unprovoked firing/shelling on working boundary near Sialkot in Chaprar and Harpal sector
Meanwhile, the Chenab Rangers have responded befittingly to the Indian firing.
Despite the 2003 cease-fire agreement, the Indian side regularly targets Pakistani posts and civilian settlements along the Line of Control (LoC).
The firing comes less than a week after planned National Security Advisor level talks between Pakistan and India were aborted amid a row over Kashmir, the Himalayan territory both sides control in part but claim in full.
A meeting has also been planned between India and Pakistan border security force chiefs who will meet in New Delhi from September 9 to 13.
The agenda for the meeting would include recent firing over the Line of Control, the de facto frontier in the divided Kashmir region, as well as cross-border smuggling.
There have been over 70 ceasefire violations from the Indian side of the LoC and the Working Boundary during this month.