6 civilians killed in Pakistani shelling along LoC in last two days

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August 16, 2015

Srinagar: Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a seventh day Sunday along the highly militarized Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Pakistan targets Indian posts in Poonch, 2 injured: Photo: Hindustan Times

August 16, 2015

Srinagar: Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a seventh day Sunday along the highly militarized Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Pakistan targets Indian posts in Poonch, 2 injured: Photo: Hindustan Times

Indian Army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said Pakistani troops fired on Indian positions Sunday in Balakote and Poonch sectors. Indian police officer Danish Rana said six civilians have died in the Pakistani shelling over the last two days. At least 17 others were wounded.

The recent fighting comes even as the top security advisers of both countries are scheduled to meet in the Indian capital on 23 August.

The two men are expected to talk about combating terrorism in the region.

Pakistan’s army said in a statement that two civilians had been killed and two others wounded in the fighting.

The fighting follows a familiar pattern, with each side blaming the other. Both sides used terms like “unprovoked firing” and “befitting reply” to describe the actions of the other, and detail their own response.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in its entirety by both.

The two countries have fought two of their three wars over their competing claims to Kashmir.


Courtesy: AP

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