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Indian army opens fire at PPP rally in AJK, five injured

LAHORE: The Indian Army opened unprovoked firing at a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rally against Indian occupation being held in Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, leaving six people injured on Wednesday. The PPP AJK chapter was observing ‘Black Day’ to protest the Indian occupation of the region in October 27, 1947 and to express solidarity with Kashmiris. Indian armed forces opened fire in the valley at the Buttel sector of the Line of Control. Minister Pir Ali and PPP AJK Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Majid along with 200 people had been participating in the rally. One of the injured is stated to be in critical condition, a private TV channel reported. The Pakistan Army reacted promptly to the firing and silenced the rival guns, the channel reported. Officials said the firing incident occurred in Rawalakot city of AJK, where Indian armed forces had opened “indiscriminate fire on hundreds of locals staging a sit-in in connection with the Black Day”. The Indian Army, violating the ceasefire, also fired on citizens in the Mundewal, Mendar and Garamshal civil areas alongside the border, the channel reported.

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