Woman killed, six injured in Indian shelling


SIALKOT: A forty-seven-year-old Pakistani woman, Hanifa Bibi, was killed in Khokhar Charwah village and six others were injured in the heavy shelling by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday night.
The woman was killed in Indian shelling on bordering villages in Harpal, Charwah, Champat and Aknoor sectors of the Sialkot Working Boundary, senior officials of the Chenab Rangers said on Monday. According to Rangers sources one mosque was also badly damaged due to that firing in Charwah village on the boundary. Over all three villages were damaged due to Indian firing.
The Indian BSF early on Monday morning also started intensified firing on Charwah, Khokhar, Harpal and Akhnoor villages. A large number of cattle were also killed while several houses were badly damaged by the unprovoked Indian shelling.
Six persons were injured seriously in Khokhar, Charwah and Harpal villages. The Chenab Rangers responded effectively to silence the Indian guns.
Pakistan on Monday lodged a strong protest with India on unprovoked firing across the Working Boundary in Sialkot. A Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, said, “The deputy high commissioner of India was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to lodge Pakistan’s protest over unprovoked Indian firing across the Working Boundary in Sialkot sector on August 10-11.”
The spokesperson said that it was emphasised that such unfortunate incidents were taking place at a time when the leadership on both sides expressed willingness to improve bilateral relations, which paved the way for the foreign secretary-level talks to resume dialogue. “This was the 54th incident of ceasefire violation by Indian troops since July this year,” said the spokesperson.

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