Islamabad: Due to Indian unprovoked fire on LOC, Capt Taimoor Ali and two soldiers embraced Shahdat, while Capt Zahid suffered injuries and has been shifted to Rawalpindi. According to Initital reports, Both the officers were in the Signal Bunker when a Mortar got hit. Capt Taimoor Ali Khan belongs to Astore (Doyan), Gilgit Baltistan and Capt Zahid from Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan.
“Three Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Wednesday during an exchange of fire with Indian security forces across Line of Control,” ISPR said.
The incident came after at least eight civilians were killed and nine others injured as Indian army targeted a passenger bus along the LoC near Neelum valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
According to police, a coaster bearing number MDAJK-3866 was heading towards Muzaffarabad from Kel when it was attacked by mortar shells fired by Indian troops near Lawat Kanari Bala, some 100 kilometres away from Muzaffarabad. Pakistan Army retaliated and attacked Indian forces’ posts silencing their guns.
ISPR earlier said Indian forces resorted to firing and shelling in Shahkot, Jura, Battal Karela, Bagh, Bagsar and hot spring sectors targeting civilian population. Pakistani troops targeting Indian posts. Intense exchange of firing continues, it added.
In a similar incident, a motorcyclist died after being hit by an Indian mortal shell in Karen area of Neelum valley.
On Monday, four civilians were killed and 10 others were injured in different sectors along the de facto border while six Indian soldiers were also confirmed dead in retaliatory fire. Later on the same day, Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned to the Foreign Office in protest of the violation.
The two countries have been at loggerheads since the killing of a populist rebel leader Burhan Wani by the occupied forces in the valley on July 8.
India also accuses Pakistan of being involved in an attack on an army base in Uri on September 18, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed. Islamabad has denied the charge, which Delhi leveled without any substantial investigation or evidence.
Frequent incidents of cross-border fire have been witnessed since a heightened situation in occupied Kashmir. More than 100 protesters have lost their lives to the security forces in the valley while dozens blinded by use of pellet guns.