Indian shelling kills two women in Azad Kashmir
26 August, 2013
MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistani authorities on Sunday accused the Indian army of cross-border shelling that killed two women and wounded seven other civilians in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
"A 17-year-old girl who was wounded in shelling by Indian troops died at hospital, while another injured man was brought there," local police chief Chaudhry Majid told AFP.
A local government official earlier said a woman was killed and seven were wounded in shelling by Indian troops.
"A woman was killed and at least seven other villagers were wounded when Indian forces fired shells from across the Line of Control (Loc)," said the official, Masoodur Rehman.
The latest death is the sixth Pakistani reported to have been killed in skirmishes across the heavily militarised de facto border in Kashmir since five Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed on August 5.
New Delhi blamed the August 5 killings on the Pakistan Army, but Islamabad denied any responsibility and has called for restraint and dialogue.
Shells fired by Indian troops struck villages in Nakyal sector, some 200 kilometres south of Muzaffarabad, intermittently overnight, Rehman said.
Three houses had been damaged and one house and a car destroyed, he said.
Javed Budhanwi, an MP from the area, said Indian shelling had caused panic among more than 50,000 local residents and warned that authorities may have to evacuate civilians to safer locations.
"It is difficult for people to move out at the moment as the shelling continues," Budhanwi told AFP.
Meanwhile, military officials said Major Saddam Malik of the Pakistan Army died after falling into a ravine along LoC in the Neelam valley near Muzaffarabad on Saturday night.
Malik was patrolling near LoC when he fell into the ravine and died at about 2300 hours on Saturday, officials said.
Military sources said on Sunday, the Pakistan Army responded "in a befitting manner" to unprovoked firing by Indian forces along LOC, inflicting a heavy loss on the opponents.
The Indian army continued firing along the de facto border, violating ceasefire agreement between both the countries.