Firing across Pak-India border kills two, injures four

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SIALKOT: Firing by Indian security forces security along the working border on Saturday killed at least two people including a woman, and injured four others in Sialkot, DawnNews reported.

In Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot, heavy weapons and mortar shells were fired early in the morning. Chenab Rangers retaliated, and the exchange of fire continued till 7am.

A woman named Nazia was killed while her two daughters were severely injured in the attack. Several houses were also damaged and a number of livestock were killed.

Ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and working border between Pakistan and India continue intermittently, with casualties reported on both sides of the border.

Separately, Times of India reported that early on Saturday two people lost their lives while several were injured in an exchange of fire initiated by the Pakistani side on the Border Security Force posts in the Jammu district.

On August 18, two soldiers of the Chenab Rangers and a civilian had been injured in shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

In December last year, Pakistan and India had pledged to uphold the 2003 LoC ceasefire accord which had been left in tatters by repeated violations. Both countries have engaged in allegations, denials and counter allegations over the firing incidents.

The directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries had agreed to a number of steps to keep the ceasefire accord intact, but violations continue, most recently, in the Sialkot area.

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