ISLAMABAD: At least five civilians were injured on Wednesday as a result of another round of cross-border firing by Indian border forces (BSF), a clear violation of a 2003 ceasefire agreement between Pakistan and India.
Indian troops resorted to ‘unprovoked’ firing in Hurpal and Chuprar sectors respectively, ARY News reported and added, Pakistani Rangers ‘befittingly’ responded to the Indian firing.
Cross-border exchange of fire was increasingly becoming frequent between the nuclear-armed rivals.
On Tuesday, Indian troops opened fire along the border in Bhimber and Chuprar sectors again, killing a civilian, Waqar.
Pakistan lodged a protest with India and the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on Tuesday over the killing of civilians and repeated cross-border firing by Indian forces.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and questioned him over ceasefire violations by BSF, urging India to refrain from creating tensed circumstances for the soldiers along the border.
Indian and Pakistani troops regularly exchange fire across their de-facto border in Kashmir.
Relations between the two countries have plummeted in recent months, with India blaming militants from Pakistan for a raid on an army base in its part of disputed Kashmir in September that killed 19 soldiers.
Pakistan has denied the allegations, saying Islamabad would to give political and moral support to the Kashmiri people until they get close to their independence.
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