ISLAMABAD - Three Pakistani civilians were killed yesterday when Indian Border Security Forces resorted to 'unprovoked' firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Nakyal sector

"Due to the firing, three civilians, 13-year-old Laiba, 20-year-old Zahid and 55-year-old Munshi Ameen got martyred in Nakyal sector," an ISPR statement said.

Nazakat Hussain, an administration official in Nakyal near the Line of Control, said shelling started at around five p.m. and was still continuing. "It is intense and has caused the death of a 12-year-old girl, a 20-year-old boy and a 50-year-old man after mortar shells landed on their homes," Hussain said.

Officials said two people had been wounded and casualties could increase.

The ISPR statement said Indian forces also resorted to unprovoked firing in Kotli sector. Pakistani troops have responded in a befitting manner to Indian firing. The statement also added that the exchange of firing continues at Nakyal and Kotli sectors.

On Tuesday, a Pakistan Army soldier was also killed as India’s BSF resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in Battal Sector. The exchange of fire along the LoC continues despite an agreement between senior military officials from Pakistan and India to restore ceasefire along the working boundary.

A military official said Pakistan was expecting India to adhere to the ceasefire along the LoC as well but unfortunately Indian troops were showing no letup in their aggressive posture.

Earlier this week, Pakistan lodged a strong protest with India over the latest LoC violations and asked the Indian government to respect the ceasefire agreement. Pakistan urged India to independently hold an inquiry into the latest violations and share its findings with Pakistan. The Foreign Office also asked India not to target civilian populations along the LOC.