ISLAMABAD - India ratcheted up its adventurism along Line of Control in Kashmir on Saturday as at least four Pakistani children including three girls were killed and another injured following its army fired shells on Singhala village of Khuiratta sub-sector in Kotli, Azad Kashmir, on Saturday.

The Pakistani army also shot down an Indian drone inside Pakistani territory at Aagahi Post in Rakhchakri Sector along the Line of Control on Saturday evening.

According to the ISPR, the Indian quad copter had intruded 60 metres into Pakistani side of the Line of Control. The drone fell near Agahi Post and its wreckage has been taken over by the Pakistan Army.

“Pakistani troops successfully targeted the Indian post in response to the shelling,” the ISPR said in an earlier statement. “Exchange of fire still continues,” said the statement.

Three children killed in the Indian firing belonged to a same family.

The children who embraced martyrdom were identified as Rabia (4) daughter of Sagheer, Faiza (7) daughter of Rafi, Shazia (8) daughter of Rafi and Shahzad (16) son of Rafi. Another son of Rafi, Mahmood (24), sustained injuries.

The Indian troops also resorted to unprovoked shelling at Chakoti sector and firing at two points (Tander, Baroh) of Bhimber sector along the LoC.

According to ISPR, Pakistani troops have been targeting Indian posts in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling in a befitting manner.

“Two girls and their brother and another girl died when mortar shells fired by Indian troops hit their house in Kotli district along the Line of Control (LoC),” Raja Arif Mehmood, a local administration official, told AFP.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani military said Pakistan and Indian border troops exchanged fire across the LoCin two other sectors on Saturday. “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Tander and Baroh areas today,” said a statement issued by the military, adding that no loss of life was reported in the latest exchange of fire.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria strongly condemned the unprovoked Indian firing. The FO spokesperson expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.

Confirming the shooting down of Indian drone, ISPR Director General Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted that Pakistani troops at Agahi Post in Rakhchakri Sector had shot down the Indian air vehicle which had intruded 60 metres inside Pakistani airspace.

On Friday, Pakistan’s navy said it had “pushed” an Indian submarine away from Pakistani waters, as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals continue to smoulder over unrest in the disputed Kashmir region.

PAKISTAN TO RAISE INDIA’S MARITIME VIOLATION AT UN

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Saturday said Pakistan would lodge a strong protest with India and raise the issue of violation of Pakistani waters at the United Nations.

Speaking to Radio Pakistan, the spokesperson said India has tried to breach our territorial waters and they have been pushed back by the Pakistan Navy.

Zakaria said New Delhi is trying to deflect world attention from atrocities going on in Occupied Kashmir by escalating tensions on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

He reiterated that the people of Kashmir are struggling for their right to self-determination in a very peaceful manner.

The spokesperson further stated that the genocide and crimes against humanity in Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces have shaken the conscious of the entire international community.

Tensions across the long-disputed de facto Himalayan border reached dangerous levels last week, when seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in Indian firing at the Line of Control on Monday last.

In response, Pakistani army chief claimed that 13 Indian troops were also killed in the exchange of fire the same day.

Over 100 civilians have been killed in Indian troops oppression in Held Kashmir during last four months.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region.