ISLAMABAD - The Indian Border Security Force personnel resorted to unprovoked firing on Wednesday morning on Pakistan Rangers post in Charwah sector near Sialkot, military sources confirmed.
According to senior military sources, small arms and mortars were used by the Indian forces. The Indian guns were silenced by the swift response of Pakistani side.
Two Pakistani civilians were wounded in the Indian troops firing.
According to Punjab Rangers senior officials, Indian security forces also opened unprovoked indiscriminate fire from across the border targeting the growers busy in their fields in a village at Akhnoor sector in the outskirt of Sialkot. The wounded were immediately rushed to CMH Sialkot.
The Indians used heavy machine guns and started to target Pakistanis at 11:00 am. The firing continued for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, The Times of India reported that one of its BSF guards was killed and three others, including civilians, wounded in firing from the Pakistani side of the border. According to the Indian version, this was the third incident during the month, adding that 24 similar cross-border skirmishes had taken from April to June. Pakistan Rangers guard the border on the Pakistani side while the Border Security Force guards the international border on the Indian side.
Cross border firing has become the major unsolved issue between the two countries during the last one year.
There is a detailed history of LoC violations since the present government has taken over the charge after the elections of May 11 last year. On October 15, Indian troops had started shelling from across the LoC, injuring a woman. The Indian shelling had hit the civilian population of Datoot village of Nakyal Tehsil of Kotli.
On October 11, Indian troops had fired mortars across the LoC, killing a child and wounding three other people. Furthermore, on September 2 the Indian army had carried out unprovoked shelling in the Nakyal sector, leaving numerous children stranded inside a local school.
On August 27, at least five people, including two women and a girl, were injured by heavy shelling and unprovoked firing in the same area.
The continuous shelling and bombardment across the LoC forced the natives to flee the area.
Moreover, on August 26 unprovoked firing from the Indian Army had injured six civilians.
Pakistan and India routinely accuse each other of launching deadly attacks and violating the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC. Guns had been relatively silent along the LoC since the ceasefire; however, the escalations along the LoC in recent months had caused tensions between the two uneasy nuclear neighbours.
The prime ministers of the two countries met in New York in September last year and had decided to ask their military officials to meet and discuss implementation of the ceasefire agreement.