Heavy firing on borders; One killed in Pak shelling

RSTV Bureau

Jammu: An injured BSF soldier being treated at Pargwal border Village in Akhnoor sector in Jammu on Tuesday. Photo – PTI

One civilian has been killed in an intense firing between India and Pakistan forces on the Line of Control (LoC) after the latter once again violated the ceasefire understanding in Jammu and Kashmir. The intense firing and mortar shelling was reported in the wee hours on Tuesday following a series of ceasefire violations by Pakistan since last two days.

“Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing of small arms and mortar shells on Border Outposts (BoPs) along IB in Kanachak and Pargwal sectors of Jammu district from 0540 hours,” said the BSF spokesperson.

The officer also added that the Pakistan Rangers targeted 12 BoPs along the International Border (IB) in these sectors. The Pakistan forces also targeted border hamlets killing 22-year-old Sanjay Kumar in Hamirpur Kona in Pargwal belt of Jammu.

The BSF troops too retaliated resulting in the exchange of fire, which was still going on when last reports came. Mortar shelling has also triggered panic among people living in Kanachak and Pargwal forward areas. There are reports that Pakistan forces has also fired on Border Outposts (BoPs) in RS Pura belt, according to officials.

With today’s ceasefire violations, there have been 8 ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers in the month of August alone.


File: A resident of a village near LoC showing impact of mortar shelling from Pakistan side. Photo – PTI

Earlier, on August 2 and 3, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four times by resorting to small arms firing in forward posts along LoC in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors of Poonch and Jammu districts. There were two ceasefire violations on the 1st of August as well.

Last week too, Pakistani Rangers had resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out posts along the International Border in RS Pura and Akhnoor sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

The tensions on the borders of two countries have been prevailing for the last two months now. In the month of July, 18 ceasefire violations were reported which resulted in the death of three jawans and one civilian, apart from leaving several residents and jawans injured. And all that happened while Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif early in July at Ufa in Russia to take the relationship between the two countries forward.

(With inputs from the PTI)