Rawalpindi (November 14, 2017): An elderly woman was killed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday after being hit by a single shot fired by an Indian soldier from across the Line of Control (LoC), officials said.
Imam Bibi, wife of Sher Wali, was busy in household chores in the courtyard of her home in the Polas Kakuta village of Abbaspur sector when she received a fatal gunshot wound in her neck at about 3pm, said Raja Tahir Mumtaz, deputy commissioner of Poonch district.
The 78-year-old died on the spot, he added.
The latest incident of cross-border firing took place in the Chirikot sector of the area.
Indian firing targetted a village in the area, added the ISPR.Earlier last week, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa had also visited the Chirikot sector along the LoC.
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During the visit, Abbasi had condemned the unprofessional approach, of targetting civilians residing in the area, by Indian forces and reiterated that Pakistan would continue to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people for their struggle.
Incidents of firing from across the border have increased after the right-wing government of Narendra Modi came to power and has caused significant damage to the material and human loss. Indian forces have used medium and heavy weapons in recent times to target the civilian population of AJK.
On Sunday, a 10-year-old boy, playing in the courtyard of his home in Battal sector of Tehsil Hajira, was critically wounded after Indian troops resorted to firing without any provocation.Earlier, two women were killed and six others wounded in heavy Indian shelling in the Leepa valley of Muzaffarabad division on October 24.
According to military sources, India has committed around 1,141 ceasefire violations this year — the highest compared to other years since November 2003, when the two armies had struck a historic truce agreement.
As a result of the violations, 42 civilians (24 of them men and 18 women) have lost their lives while another 248 have sustained injuries in different areas of AJK in the ongoing year, according to the State Disaster Management Authority.