Pakistan accuses Indian forces of ‘unprovoked’ shootings on Kashmir village
Pakistani and Indian troops have traded gunfire at the border dividing Kashmir between the two neighbors, wounding two villagers in the Islamabad-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region.
On Saturday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India’s military is resorting to “unprovoked” firing at Kashmir’s ceasefire line, censuring the move as “deliberate targeting of civilians.”
Zakaria added that India’s latest violation of the ceasefire agreement with Pakistan occurred on Friday.
Pakistani military authorities stated that their troops returned fire after Indian forces opened fire towards them in the border village of Zazapir in the disputed region.
The village where the latest alleged shooting took place is the same area in which Indian troops targeted Muslims celebrating the end-of-Ramadan holiday of Eid al-Fitr in 2015, inciting armed clashes that left several Pakistanis killed and wounded.
Tensions boiled over between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan last September when cross-border raids intensified for several days. Since then, the two sides have reported outbreaks of firing across the LoC, with scores of civilians and security forces killed on both sides of the border.
The clashes last year came after renewed unrest in Kashmir over the death of a top militant commander.
Most of the people in the Muslim-dominated territory have for long sought independence from India or a merge with Pakistan.
While India accuses Pakistan of both arming and funding the independence-seeking movement in Kashmir, Islamabad has denied any involvement.
India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since the Himalayan region was split at the end of the British colonial rule in 1947. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in Kashmir violence since 1989