BSF personnel killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in J&K's Akhnoor

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2018

"It can only be resolved politically thorough dialogue".

On Sunday, two BSF personnel were killed as Pakistani Rangers targeted Indian posts along the International Border in Jammu with mortars and firing. "This bloodshed must be brought to an end". People on both sides of the border are dying. The DGMOs should hold dialogue again.

Terrorists hurled a grenade on security forces in Shopian town, resulting in injuries to at least 12 civilians and four cops, a police official said.

BSF said that Pakistan went back on its word less than a week after the director general of military operations (DGMO) of India and his Pakistani counterpart pledged to honour the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries.

The BSF said intermittent firing and shelling by Pakistani troops was reported from the area. The two BSF personnel killed were identified as assistant sub-inspector SN Yadav and constable V K Pandey.

The IG said that the BSF has retaliated strongly to the latest round of unprovoked shelling. "Firing exchanges are still going on".

However, residents living along the disputed border in Jammu, Samba, and Kathua expressed their fear and ongoing distrust of Pakistan's promises of peace.

Two BSF personnel were killed and 11 civilians, including two women, injured on Sunday as Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing of small arms along the worldwide border in Jammu and Kashmir's Pargwal and Kanachak areas. He said both the injured were evacuated to medical facilities but succumbed to injuries.

Following a policy departure in India in September 2016 - when the Indian military publicly announced that it was conducting cross-border raids on suspected militant bases in Pakistan-administered Kashmir - cross-border firing along the LoC, ranging from small-arms to artillery fire, has intensified to unprecedented levels.

Pertinently, the DGMO's of both India and Pakistan had agreed to implement a ceasefire in letter and spirit during talks on hotline last week.

The latest deaths in the Pakistani firing raised the casualty figure during ceasefire violations along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) in the state to 46.

A total of 42 people, including 21 security personnel, have been killed so far in cross- border firing and mortar shelling this year.

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