SRINAGAR: Barely five days after Pakistan’s director general of military operations (DGMO) called up his Indian counterpart on the hotline and agreed to honour the 2003 border ceasefire accord, Pakistani troops pounded BSF posts and civilian areas along the International Border in J&K on Sunday killing two BSF men and injuring 13 civilians. According to sources, both the BSF men were hit by Pakistani sniper fire.
A BSF official said Pakistani troops opened fire using automatic weapons and resorted to mortar shelling on Indian posts at Pargwal sector of Akhnoor around 1.15 am. “The Pakistani firing came as a surprise as only few days back the Pakistan DGMO had agreed to uphold to 2003 border ceasefire pact,” he said. The BSF retaliated in equal measure.
Both the BSF men who died in the Pakistani firing hailed from Uttar Pradesh. While assistant sub inspector Satya Narayan Yadav was from Devaria village, constable Vijay Kumar Pandey was a resident of Fatehpur.
Sources said at least a dozen BSF posts were attacked. Ram Awtar, Inspector General of Police, BSF Jammu, said, “As a peaceful country we never initiate fire from our side. However, we will never hold back ourselves in responding professionally to the operational demands and giving a befitting reply.”
The Pakistan troops also targeted civilian areas in Pargwal, Gadhak and Kan Chak areas along the IB in Jammu. The intermittent cross-border firing and mortar shelling continued till the afternoon in which at least 13 civilians were injured. The injured were evacuated to different hospitals in Jammu. After a lull, Pakistani troops again resorted to firing and mortar shelling in Pargwal area of Akhnoor sector in the evening. Officials have placed bullet-proof vehicles on standby to evacuate villagers, if need be.