Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire again, hours after 'pleading' to stop firing 

BSF troops guarding the border retaliated to silence the Pakistani guns and the exchange of fire between the two sides was going on when the last reports came in.

Published: 21st May 2018 12:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2018 12:34 AM   |  A+A-

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A representational image of Border Security Force (File Photo | PTI)

By PTI

JAMMU: The Pakistan Rangers again started unprovoked firing and shelling along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir tonight, hours after "pleading" with the BSF to stop firing, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a trooper dead across the border.

Small-arms firing from the Pakistani side started around 10.30 pm at Narayanpur in the Ramgarh sector and was followed by mortar firing, aimed at the forward posts of the BSF and villages along the border, a officer of the border-guarding force told PTI.

The officer, who requested not to be named, said the BSF troops guarding the border retaliated to silence the Pakistani guns and the exchange of fire between the two sides was going on when the last reports came in. However, there was no report of any casualty, he added.

Earlier in the day, the BSF said the Pakistan Rangers "pleaded" with them to stop firing along the IB, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead.

The BSF also released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage, showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border, in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB.

"(Pakistan) Rangers called up the Jammu BSF formation today and beseeched to stop firing," a BSF spokesman said.

"The befitting reply by the BSF units to the unprovoked shelling and firing across the IB by the Pakistani forces has forced them to plead for a ceasefire," a senior official said.

"Over the last three days, the precision firing of the BSF troopers on Pakistani firing locations inflicted heavy losses and yesterday, it found its mark with one of the rangers in the chicken neck area," he added.

The BSF has lost two of its jawans in the latest round of unprovoked firing along the IB in Jammu over the last few days.

Four civilians were killed and 11 others injured in the Jammu area due to the firing, which increased in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir yesterday.

The state has witnessed a spurt in Pakistani shelling and firing along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year.

Over 700 such incidents have been reported this year, which have left 38 people, including 18 security personnel, dead and scores injured.

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  • Ashok.

    It appears that Pakistan has no brains left whtso ever.It is time to call a spade a spade.All the forces should go hammer and tongs and eliminate the rogue army once for all because these rouges do not know the meaning of peace .Stop all the Drama of allowing Pakistanis for medical treatment in IndiaWhen a A rougue coutry can boast itself of possessing Nuclear weapons when few good hospitals are needed.Where are Arunduduti Roy
    1 year ago reply
  • Amar Anthony

    BSF is wasting ammo - as Rangers had vacated the posts - as retaliatory firing was expected. Precision is required. Hit their HQ.
    1 year ago reply
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