Three more martyred in Indian firing

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The leadership of Pakistan Rangers and India's Border Security Forces had agreed at a conference in New Delhi in November past year that the "spirit" of the 2003 truce accord must be revived to protect innocent lives.

The rescue teams have shifted the dead and injured to Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

Women and some elderly persons were also among the injured.

More than 100 such violations have been carried out by Pakistan forces in Kashmir so far during 2018, a ministry statement said.

The Indian forces along the LoC and the Working boundary are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy mortars and automatic weapons.

Three more civilians were martyred on Friday and 12, including five women, sustained injuries in unprovoked firing and shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in different sectors on the Working Boundary here.

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The fighting is taking place along a somewhat-defined frontier where each country has a separate paramilitary border force guarding the lower-altitude 200-kilometer (125-mile) boundary separating Indian-controlled Kashmir and the Pakistani province of Punjab.

According to news reports, a Border Security Force soldier was among three Indians killed and 25 civilians wounded on the Indian side of the disputed border in Kashmir when Pakistani troops allegedly fired mortar shells at border posts and villages. In retaliation Pakistan Army killed 3 Indian soldiers and wounded several others. Four more innocent civilians embraced martyred while 20 were injured on January 18 and 19.

Official sources said Mr Shah was conveyed the Government's grave concerns at the continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces.

"This unprecedented escalation in cease-fire violations by India is continuing" since 2017 despite calls for restraint from Islamabad, Pakistan's statement said.

The Indian diplomat was told that deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas was indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, global human rights and humanitarian laws. The armed race will result in tension between India and Pakistan.

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