The Pakistani army said in a statement that Indian forces initiated fire along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the two countries on Wednesday.
“Indian army troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC targeting civil population in Hot Spring Sector,” the army said.
An 18-year-old girl was killed, and six other people, including two women and two girls, were injured in Fatehpur and Tahi villages.
Pakistan’s army troops “responded effectively,” and targeted the Indian army posts that initiated the fire, the statement said.
Pakistan and India signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003 to halt fire exchanges along the LoC, the de facto border between the two sides in the disputed Kashmir region, but the pact has been breached regularly, with each side accusing the other of violation.
The new exchange of fire took place as Kashmir marked the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the decades-long autonomy of the disputed Muslim-majority region.