Sialkot: Indian forces yesterday violated the ceasefire on Line of Control and Working Boundary in Sialkot near Shakargarh sector, killing at least three people including two children and injuring over 20. Over a dozen mortar shells were fired from the Indian side of the border. The deceased children were identified as 14-year-old Aqeel and 10-year-old Saba. Chenab Rangers gave a befitting response to silence the enemy guns.

Indian forces targeted Bhooray Chak village on Sunday, damaging a number of houses and killing several cattle heads. They fired indiscriminately on Bhopalpur and other villages at the Working Boundary a day earlier, injuring one man and killing five buffalos. The local residents have started to move from their villages to safer places.

Violating the ceasefire accord yet again, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) targeted the civilian population of Sialkot border villages along the Working Boundary injuring over 20 people. The BSF targeted civilian population in Shakargarh sector along the Sialkot Working Boundary. Senior officials of the Punjab Rangers said the people were sleeping at their homes, when the Indian BSF resorted to mortar shelling on Sialkot border villages at 10:00 pm. The shelling continued for several hours.

According to spokesperson of the Punjab Rangers, the Rangers responded effectively and silenced the Indian guns. Sialkot border villages Sugmaal, Kothey, Bhopalpur, Agor, Lambriyaal, Saambli, Mallu Chak, Boorey Chak, Makkuwal, Mangu Chak and Chattar were badly hit by Indian shelling. In village Sugmaal, four people of the same family including Muhammad Ashraf (45), Hameeda Bibi (55), their daughter Rashida Bibi (27) and son Sajid Haider Ali (20) were injured seriously. Their three buffaloes were also killed by BSF mortar shelling. In village Mallu Chak, two people Abdul Sattar and Abdul Jabbar were injured by Indian shelling. They were sleeping in their houses, when mortar shells hit their homes, injuring them seriously.

The injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot, where the condition of Muhammad Ashraf and Hameeda Bibi was stated to be critical. According to local people, more than 50 houses of the locals were damaged by Indian shelling. The shelling also killed more than two dozen animals including buffaloes, cows and goats. Several mortar shells fired by the Indian BSF landed into the local fields, which could not explode. On October 23, a local civilian Muhammad Ashraf (47) was also injured seriously by Indian firing in village Agor-Bhopalpur along Sialkot Working Boundary in Shakargarh Sector.

Earlier about two months ago on August 28, as many as nine people were martyred and 46 others including women and children were injured seriously by unprovoked Indian firing in Sialkot border villages including Kundanpur, Thathi, Meendarwal, Bajra Garhi and Sucheetgarh along the Working Boundary. Staff Reporter from Islamabad adds: Prominent defence analysts said that the United States should pressurise India to stop violations of ceasefire on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary for regional security.

Lt General (r) Talat Masood said the Indian attitude is dangerous for the peace and prosperity of the region. He said Washington could play a vital role to reduce Pak-India tension. Pakistan has always supported peace in the region, especially in Afghanistan. Role of Pakistan is vital for peace and prosperity of Afghanistan. Shahid Latif said Washington requires Pakistan’s support for peace in Afghanistan and we should pursue effective diplomacy to get demands about the regional security fulfilled from the US.