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India Rains Fire on Neelum Valley: 2 Martyred 19 Wounded

Unprovoked Indian firing, rocket launchers and bombs rocketed across Azad Jammu & Kashmir’s upper and lower Neelum Valley, stirring fear and terror amongst local villagers, as 2 were martyred while countless are left injured. In response, the Pakistan army engaged targets beyond the LoC, killing three Indian soldiers and destroying Indian posts.

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On Tuesday, the Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns, targeting densely civilian-populated localities of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) from across the Line of Control (LoC), martyring two civilians, while 19 are gravely wounded, including a police constable and six women.

Reports reveal that the martyrs were 25-year old Nauman from Sharda village and 17-year old Bisma from the Katha Chogalli village, both hailing from AJK’s Neelum Valley. The unprovoked shelling was initiated in Leepa Valley, which lies around 100 kilometers southeast of Jhelum Valley.

Towards noon on Tuesday, the Indian forces began raining down unprovoked fire on the villages of Batlian and Bijildhaar. In a few hours, the Indian forces began targeting the entire valley, hitting the civilian population with rocket launchers and mortar guns.

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Pak Responds: 3 Indian Soldiers Dead 

A press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations revealed, “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns along the LOC, deliberately targeting civil population in Danna, Jura, Lipa, Sharda and Shahkot Sectors. An innocent citizen, Nouman Ahmed age 26 years, embraced Shahadat while 9 others, including women and children, got injured. All injured have been evacuated to hospitals.”

Multiple houses have been completely or partially damaged due to the indiscriminate shelling.

It added, “Pakistani army troops responded effectively, targeting posts undertaking fire. Reports of 3 Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns.” The ISPR noted, “Pakistan army troops responded effectively, targeting posts undertaking fire. Reports of 3 Indian soldiers dead, many injured besides damage to Indian posts.”

Eye witness testimonies and statements from AJK officials, circulating across media platforms, reveal that for around 40 minutes the valley of Kashmir received a rainfall of bombs, triggering a fear across villagers, who were waiting for the bombs to strike their house and property. Multiple houses have been completely or partially damaged due to the indiscriminate shelling.

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Earlier on Sunday, unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces from across the LoC had martyred a Kashmiri woman, while five women and two men were left gravely injured. These tragedies occurred due to the unprovoked firing in the Khurshidabad and Neza-Pir sectors of the valley.

Catching Terrorists or War Mongering? 

Reports emerging from India reveal that the Indian army has been conducting a counter-terrorist operation against two alleged terrorists, who were entering through Kashmir’s Gurez Sector, and facilitated by Pakistan.

Aditya Raj Kaul, senior Indian journalist, shared the news on Twitter, “Infiltration bid foiled in Gurez Sector, Kashmir. Two terrorists killed in Kanzalwan. Movement was observed near LoC at 1130hrs. Contact established at 1400hrs. Enemy post opened fire to assists infiltrator. Retaliation by own troops. Ceasefire Violation in progress.”

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Indian media sources claimed that while India’s unprovoked firing led to the loss of multiple innocent lives in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), the Indian Army was hunting down “suspected terrorist launch pads and new positions being built on Pakistan’s side of the LoC.”

Faran Jeffery, militancy and conflict researcher from British counterterrorism think tank ITCT, revealed that, citing a very “reliable source”,  no infiltration attempts or terrorist sightings occurred today, and Indian media reports are as fake as ever.

Jeffery said, “A very reliable Indian source tells me that there was in fact no infiltration attempt by militants in Gurez today and the news story reported by the Indian media is fake and likely an information operation by Indian security.”

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Masood Khan, the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, condemned the Indian brutality in a strongly worded statement, shared via Twitter. Masood Khan said, “Strongly condemn India’s cowardly and deliberate mortar and artillery attacks across LOC which have killed one civilian and injured nine. They haven’t spared women and kids. Deepest condolences to bereaved families. Salute our troops who responded valiantly.”

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