SIALKOT–Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel resorted to unprovoked firing along the Working Boundary in Sialkot’s Zafarwal and Shakargarh sectors on Monday, according to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.
Two civilians, including a woman and an 18-year-old boy died as a result of the firing, the ISPR statement said.
A Chenab Rangers man and a civilian also sustained injuries in the firing, sources in the Chenab Rangers told media.
Sources also said that Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, who were stationed at the Karole Karishna and Pansar posts in India, targeted Thakar pur and Karole posts on the Pakistani side.
Pakistani forces responded with retaliatory firing.
The exchange of fire continued until the filing of this report. Indian troops have reportedly suffered heavy losses.
Fear and panic gripped the area after the incident.
According to a report published on The Times of India, Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire again by targeting border posts in Kathua and Samba sectors, drawing retaliation from BSF.
“Pakistani Rangers resorted to ceasefire violation and opened small arms firing in one post in Samba district and two areas in Kathua district late last night,” The TOI quoted officials as saying.
In December last year, the two countries had pledged to uphold the 2003 ceasefire accord which was left in tatters by repeated violations that year. The truce breaches had put the nascent bilateral peace dialogue on hold.–Agencies