Pakistan violates ceasefire again, one civilian killed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 13:08 IST

One civilian was killed when Pakistani troops fired mortal shells and targeted 12 BSF posts in Kanachack and Pargwal on Tuesday, the latest in a string of ceasefire violations along the international border in Jammu region.

The victim Sanjay Kumar was aged 28 and a resident of Pargwal.

The shelling prompted the Indian Army to retaliate, officials said.

A BSF official said the firing by Pakistani troops began at 5:40am and was still continuing.

The firing began after the movement of two suspicious people, probably terrorists, was noticed along the international border, BSF officials said. The two people hid behind elephant grass and came close to the fence in the morning.

When BSF personnel fired at the two people in the early morning, the Pakistan Rangers started their shelling and firing, which spread and affected 12 to 13 border outposts in Kanachak and Paragwal sectors. The BSF “retaliated effectively”, officials said.

The terrorists probably intended to strike at BSF personnel posted in forward posts in Kanachack area, the officials said.

The Pakistani Rangers had fired without provocation at several forward posts in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night . Army troops guarding the frontier took positions and retaliated effectively, resulting in an exchange of fire.

The firing comes ahead of planned meeting between the National Security Advisors of the two countries on August 23-24 in New Delhi.

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