SIALKOT: At least three people were killed and nine others injured in unprovoked Indian shelling in border areas of Bajra Garhi, Charwah and Sajeet Garh sectors.
According to senior officials of Chenab Rangers, BSF fired mortars and intensified firing from 1am to 7am on Saturday. As a result, Imdad Hussain, 56, and Nazia Bibi, 35, and Asghar Ali were killed while Rukhsana, Somia, Sumaira, Ibrahim, Muhammad Afzal, Waris Ali, Shahnawaz, Asghar and Sughran Bibi were injured.
The Chenab Rangers responded effectively and silenced the Indian guns. Sabz Pir police SHO Afzal said the Indian shelling had also damaged properties. “We are collecting evidence after the firing,” he said.
Ilyas, a relative of Imdad, who was killed in the Indian shelling, told APP that Imdad had gone out of his house at around 4am when a mortar shell hit him. Meanwhile, Pakistan suggested India to hold an urgent meeting of the two countries’ Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) to discuss the situation and halt firing along the working boundary and the Line of Control (LoC).
“DGMOs of both countries should meet immediately discuss ways and means to stop the current spate of firing along the working boundary and Pakistan is also sending a proposal to India for the meeting,” Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told a TV channel.
Expressing concern over what he called unprovoked Indian firing by BSF personnel, Aziz said the issue was affecting bilateral ties and peace in the region.
Rejecting Indian allegations of sending militants via the tunnel operating from the Pakistani side, Aziz said if India has any evidence it should share that with Pakistan as indulging in blame games wouldn’t help.
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