Four children killed in Indian firing across LoC



  • Three other civilians also injured in Indian firing in Khuiratta, Bhimber and Chakothi

Four children died on Saturday after Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC).

The Indian soldiers shelled villages in Khuiratta, Bhimber and Chakothi sector near Muzaffarabad, the Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) said.

According to the ISPR, three girls —four-year-old Riba and seven-year-old Faiza and eight-year-old Shazia— and one other minor were martyred during Indian firing at Khuirata sector. The identity of the fourth could not be ascertained.

Three other civilians were also injured due to the firing. Pakistan Army gave a befitting response and targeted Indian posts.

Condemning the incident, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria sympathised with the bereaved families and also prayed for the recovery of the injured.

Last Sunday, seven Pakistani soldiers had embraced martyrdom after Indian forces carried out unprovoked firing at LoC.

Following the incident, the Foreign Office (FO) had summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge a protest against the killing of soldiers. FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said that India must stop all ceasefire violations and avoid targeting residents along the LoC.

“We reserve the right to respond befittingly respond to Indian aggression,” he had said at the time.

Earlier on Friday, a resolution against Indian aggression had been passed by the National Assembly. The resolution, presented by Federal Minister of Kashmir Affairs Birjees Tahir, condemned the unprovoked firing of Indian forces in which seven Pakistani soldiers were martyred. “Pakistan condemns Indian aggression and pays tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the motherland,” the resolution stated.

Pakistan believes that India’s continued aggression across the LoC is an attempt to divert the world’s attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir.