India, Pakistan continue blame game over cross-border firing

Pakistani villagers show the damaged wall of a house caused by heavy mortar shells fired by the Indian Border Security (BSF). Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 27, 2016, 05.48 AM (IST)

Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday said that two Pakistani nationals were killed in firing along the working boundary in the Chaprar sector.

Eight civilians were also injured in the "cross-border firing by the Indian forces", the ISPR statement said.

Another civilian who was injured by Indian fire on October 25 died from his injuries at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Kharian today, Dawn reported.

Military sources said Pakistani troops had "effectively" hit a number of Indian posts along the Line of Control and working boundary. "Five Indian soldiers have been shot while four Indian posts destroyed in Bhimber sector in exchange of fire since yesterday”, the Dawn reported officials as saying.

The director general (South Asia and Saarc) of the Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh on Wednesday to lodge a protest against ceasefire violations by Indian forces in the Chaprar and Harpal sectors, and across the Line of Control in the Bhimber sector, a Foreign Office (FO) statement said.

Pakistan's FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria last week alleged that India had committed more than 90 ceasefire violations in 2016.

Meanwhile, India's Border Security Force (BSF) claimed Pakistan had violated the ceasefire in the R S Pura sector along the border in India's Jammu, killing one BSF soldier on Wednesday.

The Indian army said the Pakistan Rangers have hit civilian areas and Indian paramilitary posts in two sectors, R S Pura and Arnia, with heavy mortar and small arms fire.

"Assistant sub-inspector of BSF A K Upadhayay was injured when a shell exploded near him in RS Pura sector. He received splinter injuries to his hand," a BSF spokesman said. He later succumbed to his injuries.

He said the BSF gave a "befitting reply" to the Pakistani shooting. No casualties had been reported, but authorities have ordered the closure of schools and advised people to mover to safer ground.

(WION with inputs from agencies)