ISLAMABAD: As many as 59 civilians, including women and children, were martyred and another 281 were injured in 2019 as a result of ceasefire violations by Indian troops in various areas along Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
AJK government’s secretary disaster management and civil defense, Syed Shahid Mohyiddin Qadri, said 43 of the deceased were male and 16 were female. Among the wounded 157 were male and the rest were female.
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Giving further details of the Indian violations, he said thirteen people lost their lives in Kotli, twelve in Neelum, eleven in Haveli, eight in Muzaffarabad and Poonch, four in Bhimber and three in Jhelum Valley died after India troops’s ceasefire violation along the line of control (LoC).
He further said Indian troops’ shelling had caused havoc on civilian assets, including homes, shops, and cars apart from destroying infrastructure in the public sector.
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In addition, two schools and eight cattle sheds in Kotli, one school in Bhimber and three cattle sheds in Muzaffarabad were destroyed in the district of Neelum, a basic health unit and a college in Poonch was also destroyed by the Indian troops after a ceasefire violation in 2019.