Indian troops kill 3 more Kashmiris in Azad Kashmir

Indian troops kill 3 more Kashmiris in Azad Kashmir through indiscriminate shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday.

Indian troops kill 3 more Kashmiris

Officials said that at least three civilians died and eight others injured in AJK due to indiscriminate shelling from across the LoC.

Furthermore, they noted all casualties occurred in different villages of Neza Pir sector of Haveli district.

Moreover, shelling began at about 12:30pm and lasted for four-and-a-half hours without any pause. Muhammad Zaheer, a disaster management officer at the office of Haveli deputy commissioner said so.

India target civilians

He furtehr said that India used mortars and medium artillery, targeting civilian populations in Kairni, Rakh Chikhri, Chanjal Bala, Moohri and Mandhaar villages.

The Forward Kahuta-based police official Khalid Mahmood Kiani added that shells hit several houses. However, in one house in Kairni Mohri village, shelling caused the death of three people and injuries to another two.

Indian troops kill 3 more Kashmiris

Asa a result ofIndian intense shelling, Ghulam Muhammad, 54, his 12-year-old daughter Maryam Bibi, and 10-year-old Haider Ali embraced martyrdoms.

Ghulam Muhammad’s wife Rehmat Jan and another family member, Muhammad Manzoor, sustained  injuries.

In the same village, Naseeb Jan, 33, and her 4-year-old son Sarfraz also wounded.

Elsewhere, Amna, 22, and Safeena Bibi, 20, sustained injuries in Mandhaar village. And Naseeb Jan, 21, and Farri Bibi, 18,  injured in Kairni Wasti village. Rescue workers shifted all the injured to a military-run health facility in Forward Kahuta for treatment.

In the neighbouring Poonch district, a girls higher secondary school became the targeted of the Indian army with small arms in Tetrinote village of tehsil Hajira. But, no losses repotred.

“They resorted to burst firing first at 10am and then again at 12 noon. However, soon after the first attack, the school was shut and students and teachers were sent home,” the official added.

AJK Prime Minister condemns India

Meanwhile, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider strongly condemned today’s Indian shelling targeting civilian populations.

“I express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and pay tributes to the people living along the ceasefire line (LoC) for their exemplary courage and bravery,” he said.

He asked the civil administration in all areas along the LoC to remain on high alert “as the wicked and cruel enemy could resort to any misadventure out of frustration”.

Line of Control

The heavily militarised LoC which splits the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Ironically, it has constantly witnessed India violating the November 2003 truce agreement.

Meanwhile, Syed Shahid Mohyiddin Qadri, secretary civil defence and state disaster management authority also expressed his views. He noted that the latest ceasefire violations pushed the civilian death toll in the current year to 47.

Apart from them, another 236 civilians sustained injuries in the ongoing year, he said.

However, Qadri also cited that Indian shelling destroyed 50 houses and damaged 369 houses and nine shops partially.

Aside from the above, 11 cattle sheds, four schools, two health facilities, one mosque and 12 vehicles also suffered partial damages.

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