Indian shelling kills one in Occupied Kashmir

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 10:40:28 by

Indian troops fired mortars across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, killing a child and wounding three other people, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner Kotli Masoodur Rehman Azad Kashmir, said that a 13-year-old boy was killed and two men were injured in Indian firing in Red Kathar area of Goyi Sector along the LoC.

He told the Newspakistan that since early Friday the Indians, without any provocation, were shelling at the locals of Rud Katthar, Sunbal Dabsi, Dhairee and some other forward villages in Nikayal and Tattapani sectors of Azad Kashmir.

Pakistan officials said the Indian army opened fire in Goyi, Nakial and Dheri sectors of Azad Kashmir along the LoC killing a child and causing injuries to three people, including a woman.

Earlier, the India army shelled Pakistani areas in Nakial Sector. Sources said that the sporadic shelling went on since Friday night on several areas, prompting the Pakistan Army to respond in the befitting manner.

The continuous violation of ceasefire agreement has terrorized locals. The two countries agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but skirmishes have flared across the heavily-militarized Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in Kashmir, in recent weeks, with both sides blaming each other for having violated the agreement.

In the meantime, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani rebuffed the statement of Indian army chief, terming it unfortunate, unfounded and provocative.

According to media release, General Kayani was addressing a group of officers at the General Headquarters (GHQ).

Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh last Tuesday had accused Pakistan Army of infiltrating terrorists across the LoC, the de facto border dividing Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir from the India-occupied part. In a television interview, Singh alleged Pakistan’s military was aiding and abetting 30-40 militants in the valley, holding them responsible for the recent attacks.

General Kayani, in response, offered a strong-worded rebuttal. “Rather than hurling such baseless accusations, India would be well advised to respond positively to Pakistan’s suggestion for holding joint or impartial investigation into the LoC incidents, preferably by the United Nations.”

He remarked, “Pakistan is also concerned about the continued violations of the LoC. The ceasefire was proposed by Pakistan and agreed to by the two countries in 2003.”

According to Kayani, “Pakistan Army was exercising restraint but the same should in no way be used as a pretext for leveling such baseless allegations that vitiate prospects of regional peace.”

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