An 11-year-old Pakistani girl was killed, and four others critically injured after “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops along the line of control in Kashmir, reports Pakistan’s military.
The military claim the Indian troops used long-range guns and artillery on Friday, targeting the disputed region of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan claimed by both in its entirety.
Among the four victims injured, one was a 75-year-old woman and two young boys, as reported by Pakistan’s army.
Indian Army Spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand, claimed Pakistani soldiers initiated the firing and shelling to which Indian soldiers “retaliated befittingly” and there were no casualties on the Indian side.
Conflict between India and Pakistan
Tensions have grown between Pakistan and India since August 2019, when Indian PM Narendra Modi revoked Muslim majority Kashmir’s decades-old semi-autonomous status, sparking anger in Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan.
Pakistan and India often exchange fire along with the highlight militarized frontier in the Himalayan region, each blaming the other side for initiating the firing.
Pakistan has recently released a new political map, identifying Indian-administered Kashmir as a disputed territory and stated that a decision on its final status will be decided under a UN resolution.