J-K: Civilian injured in firing by Pak Rangers

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2015 12:44 IST

A civilian was injured in overnight firing by Pakistani troops along the international border in Jammu district, BSF officials said on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Rangers fired mortar shells at a civilian area in Arnia area of RS Pura sector on Monday night. The firing stopped early on Tuesday morning, the officials said.

Six people were killed when Pakistani troops targeted several Indian posts and civilian areas with small arms and mortars last week.

On Sunday, India summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit to the external affairs ministry to lodge a strong protest over recent ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC). Defence and intelligence sources have suggested that the firing is aimed at scuttling planned talks between the National Security Advisors of the two countries in Delhi during August 23-24.

“A powerful section of the Pakistan Army and many non-state actors, including terrorist outfits, are trying to scuttle the NSA talks. The consistent firing to inflict casualties is being done with this purpose,” said a senior army official who did not want to be named.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the shelling by Pakistani forces."I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the shelling along LoC Poonch that resulted in the deaths & injuries," he tweeted.

Pakistani troops have repeatedly violated the ceasefire put in place along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir in 2003 over the past two years.

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