NAROWAL – Heavy and unprovoked shelling by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) killed a Ranger personnel and civil man injured a minor in Zafarwal and Shakargarh sectors along the Sialkot Working Boundary.
Sources said that Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, who were stationed at the Karole Karishna and Pansar posts in India, targeted Thakar pur and Karole posts on the Pakistani side.
Pakistani forces responded with retaliatory firing.
The exchange of fire continued until the filing of this report. Indian troops have reportedly suffered heavy losses.
Fear and panic gripped the area after the incident.
According to a report published on The Times of India, Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire again by targeting border posts in Kathua and Samba sectors, drawing retaliation from BSF.
“Pakistani Rangers resorted to ceasefire violation and opened small arms firing in one post in Samba district and two areas in Kathua district late last night,” The TOI quoted officials as saying.
In December last year, the two countries had pledged to uphold the 2003 ceasefire accord which was left in tatters by repeated violations that year. The truce breaches had put the nascent bilateral peace dialogue on hold.
The Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which is the main contention, between the two countries, is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored de facto border of Line of Control (LoC). The territory is claimed in full by both the countries.
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