Islamabad - A Pakistani soldier was martyred on Tuesday as India’s Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (Loc) in Battal Sector.

“Sepoy Shams embraced martyrdom,” an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said, adding that the 20-year-old sepoy was a resident of Shanglot village in Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

It further said that Pakistani troops responded befittingly to Indian unprovoked firing.

The latest bout of border skirmish follows a bi-annual meeting between commanders of Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Security Force. Ceasefire violations along the Working Boundary were discussed at length and it was agreed that all necessary measures will be ensured to avoid such incidents in the future to save the lives of innocent civilians. The two sides had agreed to stop border violations along the LoC, check smuggling and ensure expeditious repatriation of those who inadvertently cross borders.

Pakistan Rangers Director General Major General Umar Farooq Burki returned via Wagha after a three-day bi-annual meeting with his Indian counterpart. These talks are a regular feature and are held alternately in Pakistan and India.

Earlier, it was reported by a national newspaper that 26 Pakistanis had been killed in over 200 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary over the past three months.

The next bi-annual meeting will be held in 2016 in Pakistan.