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Soldier, elderly woman martyred in LoC firing

ISLAMABAD: At least one soldier and an elderly woman embraced martyrdom in two instances of unprovoked Indian firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Hajipir, Nakyal, and Jandrot sectors of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Saturday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the slain official was identified as 33-year-old Havaldar Nasir Hussain, a resident of Narowal, who had been in service for 16 years.

Separately, the India troops, while targeting the civilian population, martyred a 40-year-old Fatima Bibi, a resident of Balakot.

Six others, including four women, sustained injuries, who were then evacuated to a nearby medical facility for medical treatment, the ISPR added.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office (FO) summoned India deputy high commissioner over violation of ceasefire agreement in Nakyal and Jandrot sectors.

According to the statement issued by the FO, the Indian forces have been deliberately targeting the civilian population living along the LoC.

FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement. He had also urged that the Indian side permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSC).

On Thursday, Sepoy Ghulam Rasool had also been martyred in unprovoked firing by Indian troops in Hajipir sector.

On September 6 in the Khuiratta sector of the LoC, the Indian forces had deliberately targeted innocent civilian participants of peaceful rallies organised to show solidarity with the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Four civilians had sustained serious injuries in that incident.

Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high after India Prime Minister Narendra Modi abrogated Article 370 that granted autonomy to Kashmir following by a lockdown in the occupied region, that has been in place for over 40 days now.

The move was criticised by the international community, which called upon India to ease the restrictions imposed on people.

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