Indo-Pak border shelling leaves more than 10 civilians dead

Border shelling between India and Pakistan kills at least 10 civilians ahead of meeting between border chiefs of two countries

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A view of the border fence between India and Pakistan.

Shelling and firing along the Indian and Pakistani border killed more than 10 Pakistani civilians and wounded 50 others early on Friday morning, according to a statement from the Pakistani military owned media outlet Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).    

More than six civilians were killed in the Charwah, Harpal, Chaprar and Suchetgarh sectors of Sialkot District located in the northeastern part of the Punjab state and at least four villagers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Some sources blamed the Punjab Rangers for the retaliatory fire - a paramilitary force in the region under the control of Pakistan’s Interior Ministry.

The shelling in the district also killed livestock and damaged much property.

A local administrator from the district, Simrandeep Singh, said that injured Indian residents were taken to nearby hospitals.

Shelling and gunfire along the Indian and Pakistani border has continued intermittently over the years.

Recent shelling by the Indian Border Security Force hit Sialkot's Sucheetgarh and Charwah sectors on Aug 18 and claimed the lives of two elderly men.

Following the incident, a team from the United Nations visited the sectors to observe the situation there.   

“We are observing the situation keenly and collecting evidence in this regard,” a UN observer was quoted as by saying by residents during a visit to villages hit by the shelling.

The latest incident of cross-border shelling and gunfire came ahead of a meeting between India and Pakistan’s border security force chiefs. It is expected that the security force chiefs will meet in New Delhi from Sept 9 to 13, according to a statement by the Pakistan Rangers.   

Pakistan Rangers spokesman Waheed Bukhari said that recent gunfire in the divided region of Kashmir and cross-border smuggling will be on the agenda of the meeting.

TRTWorld and agencies