4 children among eleven injured as Indian forces open fire at wedding

MIRPUR: At least 11 people, including four children, were injured in Kotli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as Indian forces opened fire from across the Line of Control (LoC).

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the mortal shell and rockets hit a house in Jigjot village where a wedding function was underway. 

The military’s press wing said that deliberately targeting the civilian population particularly women and children “reflects a lack of morality, unprofessionalism, and utter disregard of human rights by the Indian army and is a violation of the ceasefire agreement.”

Assistant Commissioner Khuiratta subdivision  Naseem Abbas told media that Indian forces had resorted to unprovoked shelling, which continued for over an hour at around 10AM in the Seri sector.

It was intially reported that one of the victims, a seven-year-old girl named Hoorain, had been martyred but she was unconscious due to traumatic brain injury.

The girl is in critical condition and will undergo surgery at Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Rawalpindi tomorrow. Three other children, aged five, nine and 10 years were also among the injured.

Another victim, Zubena Ajaib, aged 50, who suffered several fractures was also being shifted to CMH Rawalpindi. Other victims include Hoorain’s mother Sajida Kausar, 35, Suman, 20, Muhammad Hanif, 60, Sarwar Jan, 55, Arooj Zaroob, 22 and 50-year-old Khurshid Begum.

Assistant Commissioner said the wedding was being held at home due to a government-imposed lockdown. He said two victims were discharged after treatment while the remaining injured were taken to District Headquarters Hospital in Kotli.