An 11-year-old Pakistani girl was killed and four other villagers critically wounded by Indian troops firing into the Pakistan-administered part of the disputed region of Kashmir, Pakistan’s military has said.

The military said the “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops using long-range guns and artillery on Friday night targeted the Pakistani border villages of Hotspring and Rakhchikri along the so-called “line of control” in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both in its entirety.

Pakistan and India often exchange fire along the highly militarised frontier in the disputed Himalayan region, with each blaming the other side for initiating the firing.

The Pakistani military said a 75-year-old woman was among the four civilians wounded on Friday. It said its forces responded by firing at Indian army posts, without elaborating.

Lt Col Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers targeted several Indian military positions along the disputed border on Saturday and Sunday. He said Pakistani soldiers initiated the firing and shelling on both days, to which Indian soldiers “retaliated befittingly” and that there were no casualties on the Indian side.

Pakistan’s foreign office said it had summoned India’s diplomatic representative to protest over the incident.

In June, Pakistani officials blamed Indian troops for killing four villagers in the Pakistan-administered region of Kashmir. Days later, they said Indian shelling killed a 13-year-old-girl and wounded her mother and brother.

Tensions have grown between Pakistan and India since August 2019, when the Hindu nationalist-led government led by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, revoked Muslim-majority Kashmir’s decades-old semi-autonomous status, sparking anger in Indian-controlled Kashmir and in Pakistan.

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Since gaining independence from British rule in 1947, the two nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.



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