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Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times
Jammu, October 17, 2013
A border security force (BSF) personnel was injured, when Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing at 15 forward posts along the international border in Jammu. Pakistan rangers fired continuously till Friday morning along the border at Arnia, RS Pura Pargwal and Hirangar area in Jammu and Samba districts.

"Firing at Nikowal outpost in RS Pura sector stopped at about 4am on Friday. A BSF jawan was also injured," a BSF official said.

Firing in Samba continued till late Thursday night. Five people, including three children and two women, were injured in the firing at Pargwal area, along the border, in Akhnoor, about 50-km from Jammu on Thursday.

Civilians were injured in shelling from across the border.

BSF sources said that Pakistan commanders have even refused to hold flag meeting to diffuse tension.

BSF officials said that they are expecting more firing along the border in the coming days especially till Diwali.

Pakistan fired at different places simultaneously along about 50-km border in Jammu after a long time.

Even though the people living along the border areas have not migrated, a sense of fear has gripped them. Senior cabinet ministers visited Pargwal on Friday night, where about 50 people were caught in cross-border firing when they were working in the fields.

The intensity of ceasefire violations along the international border manned by the BSF has increased after October 14, when a BSF personnel was injured in sniper fire. A day after, on October 15, an army jawan died in Pakistan firing along the LoC on Poonch.

BSF officials said Pakistan has now started targeting civilian population. The chief minister has also expressed concern over the issue.

People living along the borders in Jammu have suffered heavily in the past, especially before the 2003 ceasefire agreement. In Rajouri and Poonch areas, where maximum population lives along borders, it is only after the ceasefire became a reality that people started attending to their fields close to the LoC.