ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani civilian was injured when Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) resorted to ‘unprovoked’ firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Rawalakot’s Battal sector on Wednesday.
According to details, a civilian Ghulam Nabi, resident of Alam village of Battal sector, was wounded in the second incident of ceasefire violation from the Indian side in the last 24 hours.
Security sources told media that Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing in a ‘befitting manner’.
Yesterday, a Pakistan Army soldier was killed in a similar incident in Battal sector.
Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman said that the 20-year-old soldier, identified as Sepoy Shams, was a resident of village Shanglot in Gopis Tehsil of Gilgit Baltistan’s Ghizer district.
Pakistan lodges protest with India
Pakistan lodged strong protest with India over latest LoC violations and asked the Indian government to respect ceasefire agreement.
“Deputy Indian High commissioner J.P. Singh was called by the Foreign Office to lodge protest against the LoC violations over the past two days, which resulted into the killing of one Pakistani soldier and injured a civilian,” official sources told media.
Pakistan urged India to independently hold inquiry in the latest violations and share its findings with Pakistan.
The Foreign Office also asked India not to target civilian populations along the LOC.
The latest bout of border skirmish follows a bi-annual meeting between commanders of Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Security Force, in which the two sides had agreed to stop border violations along the LoC, check smuggling and ensure expeditious repatriation of those who inadvertently cross borders.