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Indian shelling at Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) from across the Line of Control (LoC) claims another Kashmiri woman’s life. The Indian troops shelling martyred Attiqa Bibi, 37, and left a number of people injured. They resorted to shelling at Leepa Valley at 4 a.m on Friday.

The heavy shelling even hit Reshian Village that is otherwise considered a safe place. The Village is located 25 kilometers away from Leepa Valley which is a vulnerable zone. The injured ones from Reshian Village include Ayesha Aziz, 18, and Amna Bibi, 40, told Dr. Noman Manzoor, the district health officer in Hattian Bala.

The heaviest shelling also wounded people from different villages of Leepa Valley, disaster management authority informed. The identified ones include as Qamar Alam, 22, Wajid Farid, 25, Aiman, 6, Zulekha, 55, and Shahzad Khalil, 34. Other than that, two civilians were also injured in Kai Ban. The civilians include Mudassar Rashid, 15, and Zareena Begum, 60.

Indian troops violated the ceasefire once again causing Attiqa Bibi’s death and injuring nine people. Just three days ago, on Tuesday, 16 years old Anila also lost her life due to Indian military shelling in AJK.

She passed away in the military-run hospital in Rawalpindi succumbing to her injuries, told Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfaraz; SSP of Police in Pooch. He informed that her family members were also hit by intense shelling even though they all were indoors. The Inter-Services Public Relations told that the Indian troops had committed 1,877 ceasefire violations this year.

Indian military shelling and violations of the ceasefire 

In July 2020, summoning a senior Indian diplomat, Pakistan lodged a protest over the ceasefire violations by Indian military troops. Pakistan claimed that Indian forces carried out unprovoked firing across LoC, targeting civilian populated areas. Indian forces have violated a 2003 border agreement more than 1500 times this year. The statement from the Foreign Office read:

Such senseless acts are in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and are also against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct. These egregious violations of international law reflect consistent Indian attempts to escalate the situation along the LoC and are a threat to regional peace and security.

Conflicts and clashes between the two neighboring countries have worsened since last year. The present Indian government revoked the autonomous status of the Indian occupied Kashmir in August 2019.

They arrested the political leaders and imposed a 24-hour curfew and complete digital shut down. Since then, the Pakistani government has voiced its concerns over the Kashmir issue on international forums.

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