Many civilians injured in firing along Kashmir Border, Indian forces deliberating aim civilian population, damaging property.

Pakistan on Saturday accused Indian troops of “heavily” shelling near the Line of Control (LoC), injuring six civilians including two girls.

The LoC, a de facto border, divides the disputed Kashmir valley between Pakistan and India.

“Indian Army resorted to unprovoked fire in the Nikial Sector deliberately targeting civilian population, CFVs [cease fire violations] being responded befittingly by Pak Army troops,” tweeted Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar, Pakistani army spokesman.

During the past 24 hours six civilians in the village of Mohra, including two girls, were injured by “indiscriminate fire” by Indian artillery, he added.

Raja Farooq Haider, the prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, also know as Azad Jammu and Kashmir, posted videos on Twitter of damage to civilian property.

Haider accused Indian forces of being “more focused on committing ceasefire violations” than fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

But Col. Rajesh Kalia, a spokesman for forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, told Anadolu Agency that Pakistani troops had violated a 2003 ceasefire agreement by firing at Indian positions in the Keran area of the Kupwara district.

“Our troops retaliated effectively and strongly. Precision targeting of gun areas, terrorist launch pads and ammunition dumps carried out. Reports of heavy damage on enemy side,” he said.

However, some locals called the exchange of artillery and small arms fire between Indian and Pakistani troops since Friday unprecedented.

Peer Shafiqa Bano, who lives in the village of Panzgam inthe northern Kupwara district, said she had not seen such intense Indian army fire in her life.

“We were so scared that we thought of moving to some other area. But one is also scared of venturing out in times of a pandemic,” she told Anadolu Agency by phone.

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