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ISLAMABAD, Oct 21 (Agencies): Pakistan today claimed that two of its civilians have been killed in "unprovoked" firing by Indian security forces along the Line of Control.

Pakistan's Punjab Rangers claimed that two civilians were killed in border areas in Sialkot sector when Indian security forces "continued shelling", without stating when the incident happened, a news agency report said.

A spokesman of Punjab Rangers told state-run Radio Pakistan that Rangers "responded effectively". A number of cattle were also killed besides damaging some houses, the report said.

Tensions have continued to simmer at the LoC over the last two months despite a ceasefire agreement. Both sides claim that they have not violated the ceasefire and have only responded to unprovoked firing.

The tension at the LoC was also discussed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries during their meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last month.

Even though Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif had agreed to a meeting between the DGMOs of two countries, no dates have been fixed yet.

India has stated that normalcy at LoC is one of the main criteria for holding further talks between the two countries.

SIALKOT: Unprovoked Indian firing in the Sialkot sector on Monday allegedly injured eight civilians, Tribune Express reported.

This is the latest in the ongoing violations of the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan. Both sides have carried out tit for tat attacks, and allegations continue to be exchanged over who began the ongoing conflict.

Earlier, on October 19, a Pakistani military official said a civilian was killed and two others were injured in the same region.

Pakistan accused India of killing a paramilitary soldier in “unprovoked firing” across the border on October 18, also in the Sialkot area.

On October 15, Indian troops had opened shelling from across the LoC, injuring a woman. The Indian shelling had hit the civilian population of Datoot village of Nakyal Tehsil of Kotli.

On October 11, Indian troops had fired mortars across the LoC, killing a child and wounding three other people.

Furthermore, on September 2 the Indian Army had carried out unprovoked shelling in the Nakyal sector leaving numerous children stranded inside a local school.

On August 27, at least five people, including two women and a girl, were injured by heavy shelling and unprovoked firing in the same area. The continuous shelling and bombardment across the LoC had forced the natives to flee.

Moreover, on August 26 unprovoked firing from the Indian Army had injured six civilians.

News Updated at : Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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