Death toll rises to 7 from Indian shelling of passenger bus in Neelam Valley


MUZAFFARABAD (Parliament Times) – At least seven people embraced martyrdom and several others injured when a passenger bus got hit by an Indian rocket on near the Line of Control on Wednesday morning, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.

According to ISPR, the bus came under attack in Dhudnial area of Azad Kashmir’s Neelam Valley.

India is continuing with its unprovoked firing on all sectors along the Line of Control.

Earlier today, the Indian forces resorted to firing and shelling on Shah Kot, Jura, Buttal, Kairla, Bagh, Tatta Pani, Neelum Vally and Keran sectors.

Pakistani troops are effectively responding to the Indian firing.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said India is constantly violating 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and targeting civilians in a bid two divert international attention from its atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, J.P. Singh and strongly condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations on 21 November 2016, by the Indian occupation Forces on the LoC (Jandrot, Nikial, Karela and Baroh sectors), resulting in martyrdom of 4 innocent civilians and injuries to 10 others.

The Director General also condemned the violation of Pakistan s Maritime Exclusive Economic Zone by the Indian Naval Submarine on 14 November 2016 in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 CeasefireUnderstanding and UNCLOS, investigate the continued incidents of violations and instruct the Indian forces/authorities to respect the ceasefire and international borders, in letter and spirit.

Recently, there have been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing in Kashmir, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.

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

stated that the deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is deplorable.