SRINAGAR:A day before DG-level talks between border forces of India and Pakistan, Pakistani troops on Wednesday fired on BSF and Army posts along LoC and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, injuring two border guards.
An army official told ‘Express’ that Pak troops fired on army and BSF posts using small weapons in Nowgam sector in border district of Kupwara at around 11 am.
He said two BSF men sustained injuries in the unprovoked Pakistani firing. “They have been hospitalised,” he said. The official said the BSF men also effectively returned the fire.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan-ud-Din claimed that its border squad attacked a BSF post near Kanyapul Ghodatop in Nowgam Sector. He claimed that two BSF men were killed in the attack and the militants managed to snatch the rifles from the border guards before fleeing from the spot. However, the Army official rejected Hizb claim saying the BSF men were injured in Pakistani troops firing and not in militant attack.
Meanwhile, defence spokesman based in Jammu Lt Col Manish Mehta said Pakistani Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector along LoC in Poonch district on Tuesday night.
“Pakistan Army fired from heavy machine guns towards army posts at 11.15 pm on Tuesday. The Pakistani Army firing continued for nearly an hour,” he said.
Mehta said Armymen deployed on the LoC returned the fire with similar-caliber weapons. “No casualty or damage took place on this side in the unprovoked Pakistani firing,” he said.
There has been surge in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops since August last week. The Pakistani troops are not only targeting Army and BSF posts but also firing long range 120 mm mortar shells on border areas, causing casualties. At least nine civilians were killed in Pakistani firing and shelling along IB and LoC in J&K in August.