Islamabad/New Delhi : A day after Baloch separatists called for India’s help in attaining independence from Pakistan’s rule, a bomb blast rocked Kuchlak town of Quetta, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province. The blast hit a mosque after people finished their Friday prayer today afternoon, killing five people and leaving 15 others injured.
Police and rescue teams shifted the bodies and injured to a hospital afterwards, as no group has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack till filing of this report.
Meanwhile a Pakistani soldier was killed on Friday in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army after the neighbouring troops violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll to four. Pakistan resorted to a ceasefire violation on Thursday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla, Rajouri and Poonch districts.
According to sources, the ceasefire violations took place in Uri, Rajouri and in KG Sector of Nangi Tekri area. The unprovocative firing from the Pakistani side took place on India’s 73rd Independence Day.
Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor accused the Indian Army of “increasing firing along the Line of Control to divert attention from the precarious situation in Jammu and Kashmir”. Ghafoor also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed and their bunkers were damaged in the firing. The Indian Army categorically rejected Pakistan’s claims. After the abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan, in the garb of violating ceasefire, has made repeated attempts to infiltrate into India.