Girl killed, her sister, another boy critically injured by Indian firing in Nakyal sector


MUZAFFARABAD, 23SEP (TNS):  22-year old girl was killed and two teenagers including her younger sisiter wounded in Nakyal sector of southern Kotli of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Saturday due to “unprovoked” Indian firing across the Line of Control (LoC).

Identified as Tosheeba  and Aneeqa Iqbal, daughters of Raja Iqbal were in the courtyard of their house in Balakot village at about 7:35pm,when the shell landed on their neighbour’s house.

Tosheeba died on the spot while her 18-year old sister, Aneeqa, was critically injured after being hit by shrapnel from a mortar shell.

Aneeqa was being taken to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Nakyal, reportedly in serious condition.

Earlier in the day, a 16-year old boy, Mohammad Liaquat, received a bullet wound in his right leg shortly before noon in Oli Panjni village after Indian troops resorted to small arms fire without any provocation.

On August 27, three siblings were killed in Indian shelling in the Nezapir sector of AJK’s Haveli district.

The LoC that splits the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between Pakistan and India has been relatively calm since September 2, when a 5-year-old girl was killed in the Abbaspur sector of Poonch district.

However, while the LoC remained calm over the last three weeks, the Working Boundary saw heavy mortar shelling on Thursday which, left six civilians dead and around 26 others injured in Harpal and Charwa sectors.