MIRPUR (AJK) - Two people including an eight-year-old boy were seriously injured as a result of unprovoked firing by the Indian troops from across the Line of Control on village Lanjote in Nakyal sector of Kotli district in AJK Friday morning, officials said.

Nakyal Assistant Commissioner Sardar Nadeem Ahmed told The Nation on telephone that the Indian troops targeted the local population of Tarkundi, Datote, Palani, Balakot and other villages in Nakyal sector by resorting to intermittent firing with different kinds of weapons without any provocation.

“The Indian firing caused serious injuries to two civilians including 8-year-old Fahad Javed, son of Javed Akhter, a resident of the same village. The injured were rushed to a local hospital where their condition is stated to be out of danger,” the official said.

“By blatantly violating the ceasefire, Indian troops opened unprovoked firing from across the line of control in Lanjote sector Friday, targeting the populous villages close to this side of the LoC in Nakyal sector in Kotli at about 7am and it lasted about four hours,” the assistant commissioner said, quoting reports from the remote firing-hit forward areas in his subdivision.

“Pakistani troops gave a befitting reply to the Indian unprovoked firing, silencing the guns of the enemy,” officials said, quoting the reports pouring in from the firing-hit forward villages.