10-Year-Old Boy Dies as Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Poonch

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Indian troops guarding the border effectively retaliated, a police spokesman said. "We hear the sound of bullets fired into the dark", said Abdul Rehman, a resident who lives close to the border fencing in this village.

It is also undeniable that the past 70 years have proven that bilateral India-Pakistan negotiations to resolve Kashmir conflict are simply charades that achieve nothing but more strife and horror stories in Kashmir.

Last year, Indian and Pakistani soldiers engaged in some of the worst fighting along the Line of Control, a de facto frontier dividing Kashmir, since the two countries agreed to the cease-fire accord.

Sources have identified the deceased as Israr Ahmed of Kerni.

Last week, the Pakistani Army had violated ceasefire Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Bhimber Gali sectors.

Three militants were killed in Tangdhar sector in Kupwara district and two others were killed in a gunfight in Rampur sector in Uṛi in another infiltration bid in Baramulla district, Srinagar-based defense spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said. There have been repeated outbreaks of firing across the frontier, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including to civilians since September 2016. The injured include five-year-old Zobia Kousar.

In a statement, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was "unfortunate" that children had become "victims of fire power when they were yet to understand the nuances of politics". "But they are reluctant to leave their homes, farms or their cattle behind", Zargar said.

Pakistan has violated the ceasefire a number of times in the previous year.

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