KOTLI: In another violation of LoC ceasefire, Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) targeted civilian settlements in Nakial sector of Kotli earlier today.

According to reports from the area, dozens of houses were damaged as a result of this ‘unprovoked’ firing and shelling by the Indian forces in Datote village in Kotli district, however, no deaths have been reported.  

Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing.

Despite a 2003 cease-fire, the two neighbors regularly trade fire, the latest coming as India celebrated Independence Day on Saturday. Pakistan had already observed it a day earlier.

On Saturday, Muhammad Shafi, a resident of village Kanthi Gala was killed and three civilians including Imran, Shahpal and Mistri Rasheed were injured due to Indian firing in the same area.

The recent fighting comes even as the top security advisers of both countries are scheduled to meet in the Indian capital on August 23rd. The two advisers are expected to talk about combating terrorism in the region.