Muzaffarabad: Pakistan on Friday accused India of hitting a school van in PoK, killing the driver and wounding eight school children.
The incident occurred at Mohra village in Nakyal sector of PoK where officials said shelling by Indian troops was continuing.
“A shell fired by Indian troops hit a school van at LoC (Line of Control) in Nakyal sector, The van driver has been martyred and eight children wounded,” Zeeshan Haider, a senior government official said. There was no immediate reaction from New Delhi.
Pakistan also summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner over “ceasefire violations and targeting of school van” by Indian forces.
Nakyal lies on the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir region.
Haider said the driver of the van, carrying pupils from a private school, was killed on the spot while the children, aged between 10 and 15 years, were taken to hospital amid heavy shelling.
Muhammad Nasrullah Khan, a doctor in Nakyal hospital said that the children had shrapnel injuries but their condition was not life threatening.
Sardar Iftekhar, a police station house officer in Nakyal confirmed the incident and casualties and said that the wounded children included five girls and three boys.
At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded late on November in cross-border fire that hit a passenger bus in the village of Nagdar in PoK.
Tensions in Kashmir reached dangerous levels in September, after India blamed Pakistani militants for a raid on an army base that killed 19 soldiers.
India said it had responded by carrying out “surgical strikes” across the heavily militarised border, sparking a furious reaction from Islamabad, which denied the strikes took place.