MIRPUR (AJK) -  A civilian was martyred as a result of unprovoked firing by the Indian army on a forward village along the Line of Control in Nikayal sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Friday.

"Indian army is continuing terrorising civil population along the LOC," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a media release on Friday.

"An innocent youth, Inzamam, aged 19 embraced shahadat due to Indian unprovoked and targeted firing. Shaheed Inzamam, resident of village Tetrinote, was carrying out routine work at a crush plant at Poonch River bank it said and added, "Pakistan Army troops targeted Indian army posts from which the fire had been originated on on civil population".

DEFENCE ATTACHES VISIT RAWALAKOT

INP adds: Defence attaches of US, UK, France, China, Turkey and Indonesia visited Line of Control in Rawalakot Sector of AJK to see for themselves the ceasefire violations being committed by India leading to the deaths of innocent civilians.

According to ISPR, Defence attaches were briefed about Indian atrocities along Line of Control and deliberate targeting of civilians by Indian Army.

Defence attaches interacted with victims and gained first-hand knowledge about their sufferings.

Dignitaries were also told about activities undertaken by Pak Army to provide relief to population of AJK.

INDIA AGAIN THREATENS SURGICAL STRIKE

The Indian army will give Pakistan a reply ‘sooner rather than later’ for the February 10 attack on a military camp in Jammu, General Bipin Rawat said.

Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the attack in Sunjuwan. Soon after the incident, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that Pakistan, which she accused of backing the attackers, would pay for its ‘misadventure’.

“Pakistan thinks it is fighting a war that is paying them dividends but we have several options, including surgical strikes,” the Indian army chief said in an interview, without giving details that would compromise India’s tactical and strategic response.

Rawat said he would order a ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) as soon as Pakistan stops sending terrorists to India. “The Indian Army will honour the ceasefire and de-escalate tensions the day Pakistan stops sending terrorists across the Line of Control,” Rawat said, referring to the 2003 agreement put in place as a confidence-building measure.