Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Army arrests 12-year-old PoK boy along LoC in J&K

Army arrests 12-year-old PoK boy along LoC in J&K

Pakistan on Sunday claimed that its four civilians were injured in cross-LoC firing by Indian forces.

The Indian Army has apprehended a minor Pakistani boy in Nowshera sector of the J&K, whom they suspect might have been sent across to probe infiltration routes, an officer said on Saturday.

On being challenged by the army's patrol party, the boy immediately surrendered, the spokesman said.

The boy will be handed over to the police by the Army for further investigation, he said.

However, on being contacted by Dawn, police officials in Bhimber said so far they had not received any report or complaint from any family about the disappearance of a 12-year old.

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The senior minister said that even if the child had crossed over, it was not something unusual because residents along the LoC, from young children to adults, often strayed across the divide while herding cattle, picking firewood or medicinal plants. According to Army officials, he was spotted moving suspiciously near the LoC.

In the same Kulgam district, five Indian policemen and two civilians were killed when fighters attacked a bank van, and two soldiers were killed in an attack along the de-facto border with Pakistan.

Before the 2003 ceasefire came into effect, residents of villages located close to the LoC used to hide in bunkers whenever mortars and shells were fired at each other by the Indian and Pakistani Armies.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in its entirety.

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