India and Pakistan exchanged fire in what is being seen as one of this year’s deadliest confrontation between the two-nuclear armed nation in the heavily militarized borders.
Both sides accuse each other of the firing which took place in the de-facto border called The Line of Control. At least 10 civilians and five armies from both sides died on Friday, multiple sources reported.
Indian army says the firing was in response to an infiltration attempt from the other side in Northern Kashmir, but Pakistan says it responded to ‘unprovoked’ and ‘indiscriminate’ firing by the Indian Army.
Both Pakistan and India regularly exchange fire along the heavily militarized border separating the two nuclear-armed South Asian nation.
But this incident is of the most intense after the deadly Galwan valley firing with China that slew over 25 Indian Army personnel and similar figures on the other side.
Six civilians, and four soldiers, and a border guard were killed on the Indian side as per media reports, while four civilians and eleven soldiers were killed on the Pak side of the distressed border, ANI news agency reported.
At least 12 civilians and five soldiers sustained injuries on the Pakistan side, local media reported. While firing from the Pakistani side injured 20 Indians.
Both India and Pakistan accuse each other for the firing. Both the nations claim Kashmir in full.
Indian Army says it unleased firing after the Pakistan Army violated multiple ceasefires across the region. On-site footages from social media show bombs shelling in the mountainous region.
Indian media says the bombing destroyed Pakistan Army bunkers, launch pads, and fuel dumps in the Line of Control, Indian Army confirmed.
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Imran Khan are yet to respond to the issue on social media.
One particular footage shows people from the Northern Kashmiri village of Kupwara are running with gunshots audible in the background. Three civilians in the village are said to have lost their lives in the crossfire.
Retaliation from the Indian Army came after multiple ceasefire violations from Pakistan which reportedly destroyed Pakistan Army ammunition bunkers along the LoC.
Women and children were among killed in the shelling that started early Friday and continued until late evening.
A report in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn claimed the Indian Army targeted the civilian population living in Rakhchikri and Khanjar sectors and a mosque using rockets and mortars.
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that: “PakArmy responded effectively, targeting Indian Army posts.”
Pakistan’s Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala accused India of “aggression” and “state-sponsored terrorism” and urged the international community to take notice, Dawn reported.