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Pakistani MP says thousands flee Indian shelling in Kashmir

  • FILE - In this Oct, 1, 2016 file photo, Pakistan army soldiers take position at a forward area Bagsar post on the Line of Control (LOC), that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, in Bhimber, some 103 miles, 166 km, from Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, Pakistan's army claimed that Indian troops opened fire across the LOC in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least 7 soldiers. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over control of Kashmir, which is divided between the two countries and claimed in its entirety by both. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    FILE - In this Oct, 1, 2016 file photo, Pakistan army soldiers take position at a forward area Bagsar post on the Line of Control (LOC), that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, in Bhimber, some 103 miles, 166 km, from Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, Pakistan's army claimed that Indian troops opened fire across the LOC in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least 7 soldiers. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over control of Kashmir, which is divided between the two countries and claimed in its entirety by both. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pakistan army soldiers gather at a forward area post on the Line of Control (LOC), that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, in Tatta Pani, some 123 miles, 199 km, from Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, Pakistan's army claimed that Indian troops opened fire across the LOC in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least 7 soldiers. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over control of Kashmir, which is divided between the two countries and claimed in its entirety by both. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    FILE- In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pakistan army soldiers gather at a forward area post on the Line of Control (LOC), that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, in Tatta Pani, some 123 miles, 199 km, from Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, Pakistan's army claimed that Indian troops opened fire across the LOC in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least 7 soldiers. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over control of Kashmir, which is divided between the two countries and claimed in its entirety by both. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • People pray during the funeral for a Pakistani soldier killed by Indian shelling, in the village of Solara, near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Indian shelling has forced thousands of villagers from their homes in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, a Pakistani lawmaker said. The evacuation from villages in the Bhimber district came after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian shelling on Monday. (AP Photo/M.D. Mughal)

    People pray during the funeral for a Pakistani soldier killed by Indian shelling, in the village of Solara, near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Indian shelling has forced thousands of villagers from their homes in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, a Pakistani lawmaker said. The evacuation from villages in the Bhimber district came after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian shelling on Monday. (AP Photo/M.D. Mughal)  (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani lawmaker from Kashmir says thousands of frightened villagers have left their homes in several border villages as Indian shelling continues across the Line of Control.

Waqar Noor, a member of Kashmir's Legislative Assembly, says Tuesday that authorities are making arrangements to accommodate thousands of villagers from the area, who are currently sheltering in open fields or the homes of relatives.

The evacuation of the Bhimber district came after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian shelling on Monday.

India and Pakistan have traded fire repeatedly in recent weeks across the Line of Control, which divides the Himalayan region. Both nuclear-armed countries claim Kashmir in its entirety, and have twice gone to war over it.