Pakistan Army on Friday claimed that none of its soldiers had died in firing at the border, contradicting the BSF’s assertion that it had killed 15 Pakistan Rangers personnel while retaliating to cross-border firing.
The BSF said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross-border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.
“Fifteen Pakistan troopers have been killed and 20 injured. We have destroyed some of their border outposts and damaged a few others,” BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar told reporters in Jammu on Friday. He was speaking on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony to honour BSF trooper Jitender Singh killed in Pakistan shelling.
However, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) rejected BSF’s assertion.
“Indian claims of killing any Pakistani soldier at the Working Boundary is absolutely baseless and untrue,” the ISPR said in a statement.
“India’s claim is part of their propaganda campaign aimed to hide their losses at the Working Boundary and also divert world attention from the Kashmir issue,” it said.
Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani Rangers have been killed so far, the BSF had said.
Pakistan troops have been targeting civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts during the last five days.