SIALKOT - India resorted to unprovoked firing along Line of Control in Kashmir and Working Boundary in Sialkot, killing three civilians and injuring several others on Saturday.

As a result, Imdad Hussain (56), Nazia Bibi (35) and Asghar Ali (37) were killed while several others including Rukhsana, Somia, Sumaira, Ibrahim, Muhammad Afzal, Waris Ali, Shahnawaz, Sughrain Bibi were injured.

With no let-up in ceasefire violations by Delhi, Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) again resorted to unprovoked firing on Sialkot’s villages along the Working Boundary in Bajrah Garhi and Charwah sectors killing three Pakistani nationals including a woman and injuring nine others seriously.

The senior officials of the Chenab Rangers said that a 56-year-old farmer Imdad Hussain of village Bajrah Garhi-Sialkot and Nazia Bibi, 35, of village Khadraal were sleeping in the courtyards of their houses, when the heavy mortar shells fired by the Indian BSF hit them. They were killed on the spot. The house was also damaged badly.

SHO Sabzpeer Police Station Inspector Muhamamd Afzal said nine people Tayyub Ali (village Bajrah Garhi), Rukhsana Bibi and her two daughters Somia, Sumera Bibi (Khadraal village), Muhammad Ibrahim, Muhammad Afzal , Waris Ali, Shah Nawaz Muneer, Fareed, Muhammad Abbas and Sughra Bibi (Beeni village) were injured seriously by this heavy Indian shelling. They were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot, where their condition was stated to be critical.

The senior officials of the Chenab Rangers added that the Indian Border Security Forces(BSF) again targeted the civil population with their stepped up shelling, saying the BSF used Light Machine Guns(LMGs) and Heavy Machine Guns(HMGs), besides firing the heavy mortar shells in Bajrah Garhi, Khadraal, Anula, Beeni, Sucheetgarh and Charwah villages.

They revealed that the Indian BSF Saturday stepped up shelling on Sialkot border villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary at 01:00 am which continued for six consecutive hours till 07:00 am.

The Chenab Rangers retaliated instantly and effectively and silenced the Indian guns, the senior officials added.

Local of the villages Bajrah Garhi, Anula, Bajrah Garhi, Khadraal and Beeni said they had been sleepless for the last two days due to the Indian shelling. They said majority of the villagers had shifted themselves to the safer places with their cattle as well.

A villager Mohsin said that the Indian BSF was targeting the civilian population by firing heavy mortar shells in these villages.

A local cobbler Muhamamd Lateef said he and his family were present at the courtyard of their house in village Bajrah Garhi when mortar shells fired by the Indian BSF hit their houses before the Fajr Prayers and badly damaged them.

Meanwhile, several children were found playing with the shells fired by the Indian forces on their houses in Bajrah Garhi village along the Sialkot Working Boundary on Saturday.

SHO Sabzpeer Police Station Muhamamd Afzal told the visiting senior journalists from Sialkot that dozens of houses of the poor villagers were badly damaged by the shelling in Bajrah Garhi, Khadraal, Beeni and Anula. He added that dozens of the cattle were also killed and injured by intensified Indian shelling.

INDIA CLAIMS DEATH OF TWO VILLAGERS

Agencies add: Two Indian villagers were killed in Held Kashmir as a result of the exchange of fire.

Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said ceasefire violations by Pakistan had increased in the region, adding that "both the Indian army and the Border Security Force are fully vigilant and they effectively respond to each violation."

Meanwhile, Islamabad on Saturday said that the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India should meet to address the ongoing border tension and firing incidents.

Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz expressed concerns over what he called "unprovoked" firing by India. He said it was impacting the bilateral ties and peace in the region. "DGMOs of both countries should meet immediately and discuss ways and means to stop the current spate of firing along the working boundary and Pakistan is also sending a proposal to India for the meeting," Aziz said. Aziz recalled that the last meeting of DGMOs between the two countries helped in normalising the situation along the Line of Control and the working boundary and would be helpful again. He also rejected Indian allegations that Pakistan was sending militants through a tunnel operating from its side of borer. He said if India had any evidence, it should share it with Pakistan instead of indulging in a blame game.