SIALKOT - The Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on Friday fired some mortar shells on village Kothey-Chaprar in Chaprar Sector of Sialkot Working Boundary, which fell into the fields, but did not explode.

The Chenab Rangers retaliated instantly in a befitting manner, silencing the Indian guns. The senior Chenab Rangers officials claimed that a week-long Indian BSF aggression along Sialkot Working Boundary here was diminishing in the Sialkot border villages here due to the effective retaliation by the Chenab Rangers.

They added de-escalation of the tension between Pakistan and India along the Sialkot Working Boundary had started.

The Rangers officials added it remained lull on all the Sialkot Working Boundary’s sectors except Chaprar Sector Friday after a week-long unprovoked intensified shelling on the border villages by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF).

According to the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, no Indian firing and shelling was reported in any sector except Chaprar Sector Friday and during the night between Thursday and Friday.

At least 12 persons were martyred and more than 42 were injured seriously during a week-long unprovoked shelling on the border villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary. More than 50 cattle were also killed while hundreds of houses were badly damaged by the Indian shelling.According to Chenab Rangers Sector Commander Brig Waseem, in October 2013, the Indian BSF targeted Sialkot border villages on three days of Eidul Azha from October 17 to October 19 and in 2014, Indian BSF targeted Sialkot border villages during the holy month of Ramazan and on Eidul Fitar. A massive unprovoked Indian shelling began on July 16, 2014, and continued till August 28, 2014, he added.

He disclosed the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) had committed 31 violations of ceasefire on Sialkot Working Boundary in 2014 (before the current shelling). He said that in 2013, Indian BSF had made 33 violations of ceasefire, in which three jawans of the Chenab Rangers were injured, one citizen was martyred, 22 people were injured and many houses damaged. In 2012, the Indian BSF committed 27 violations in which one jawan of Chenab Rangers was injured and eight civilians were injured. “The Indian BSF has been targeting civilian population, especially on every religious festival and Independence Day celebrations for the last two years,” he concluded.