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Indian firing along working boundary in Punjab injures five civilians: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: There is no respite in India’s continued ceasefire violation, as at least five civilians were injured after Indian forces opened indiscriminate firing early on Thursday along the working boundary of Punjab, said the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement.

The incident occurred near the frontier dividing Indian-held Kashmir from Pakistani side of Punjab, where the Indian border forces (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing in Charwa and Hurpal sectors.

A statement released by ISPR said Pakistan Rangers ‘befittingly’ responded to the Indian firing. Meanwhile, according to informed sources, casualties were also feared on the Indian side.

On Wednesday, two more civilians embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) and eight other were injured in Chaprar Sector on the working boundary due to Indian firing.

As Indian and Pakistani troops regularly exchange fire across their de-facto border in Kashmir, Pakistan has repeatedly told India to refrain from creating tensed circumstances for the soldiers along the border.

Relations between the two countries have plummeted in recent months, with India blaming militants from Pakistan for a raid on an army base in its part of disputed Kashmir in September that killed 19 soldiers.

Pakistan has denied Indian allegations, saying Islamabad would continue to give political and moral support to Kashmiris until they get independence from Indian rule.

 

Grant announced

Punjab government announced a financial support of Rs 500,000 for the families of each person martyred due to Indian firing and shelling, and Rs 75,000 for every injured, said District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sialkot, Dr Asif Tufail on Wednesday.

While visiting injured at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot, the DCO along with MNA Chaudhary Armughan Subhani and MLA-AJK Chaudhary Muhammad Ishaq inquired about their health.

Relations between the two countries have plummeted in recent months, with India blaming militants from Pakistan for a raid on an army base in its part of disputed Kashmir in September that killed 19 soldiers.

Pakistan has denied Indian allegations, saying Islamabad would continue to give political and moral support to Kashmiris until they get independence from Indian rule.

 

Protest lodged

The latest cross-border firing incident came as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to lodge a protest “over the unprovoked firing by India on the LoC and the working boundary almost every day.

The foreign ministry called on India to “instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire” and “refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace”.

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