KOTLI: Two teenagers were killed and one other was injured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir when Indian troops resorted to "unprovoked" shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) early Monday morning.

According to media reports, the casualties occurred in Tatta Pani sector of southern Kotli district where shelling began after 5:45 am. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfraz said that Indian troops started shelling without any provocation, and also targeted the civilian populations.

He added that Asad, 18, died after being hit by the splinters of a shell in Bhabra village whereas Waqar, 18, was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries at DHQ Kotli.

Another teenager, Shabaz, 17 was critically injured in Hillan village, he added.
"The shelling has stopped now, but who knows when they (Indians) will resume it again," the SSP said.

A Tatta Pani based journalist told this correspondent by telephone that Indian shelling was "intense" but Pakistani troops "effectively" responded to it.

"In fact Indian guns fell silent after a befitting response from our troops," said Sardar Mohammad Javed.

Incidents of cross-border firing have become a norm since the last months of 2016 as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.

Following the Uri army base attack in September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to 'isolate' Pakistan diplomatically.