Civilian death tally one of the highest in a single day: Officials
SIALKOT: At least 10 innocent Pakistani citizens have been killed while three dozen others sustained injuries in unprovoked firing by the Indian forces during the Eid days.
On Wednesday, the death toll of Indian BSF unprovoked shelling and firing on Pakistani villages jumped to 10 as two more Pakistani civilians were killed and two others injured.
Earlier on Wednesday, a man who was injured in mortar shell attacks in the Charwa sector of Sialkot succumbed to his injuries.
Moreover, in Sajeetgarh sector’s Dhathi village, three people were injured due to firing.
An intense bout of firing continued in the area which also caused damage to buildings and houses located along the working boundary.
For the last two-three days, Indian armed forces, in a transgression of the ceasefire agreement, have continuously been resorting to cross-border artillery fire — using light-to-heavy cannons — in Charwa sector along the LoC.
The latest round of mortar and gunfire began on Friday, when Pakistan Army said it responded to unprovoked firing from the Indian side.
Officials said the civilian death tally from the cross-border firing was one of the highest in a single day in recent years in the flashpoint region.
“Pakistani armed forces silenced the Indian guns every time they fired, however, the number of casualties continued to rise. Rangers effectively responded to Indian fire,” an official said.