Pakistan accused of fresh ceasefire violations in Jammu, another Indian soldier dies
The nuclear-armed neighbours traded accusations of cross-border violations on Friday. (Representative Image) Photograph: (Getty)
Pakistan violated ceasefire by using mortar shells in Kathua sector in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at around 7:20 am today, said Border Security Force (BSF), the border guarding force of India, Indian news agency PTI reported.
The BSF said that it had retaliated with small arms and that there were no casualties.
Meanwhile, a BSF soldier injured during the ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Macchil sector along the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday, also succumbed to his injuries today. This comes a day after Indian Army said that militants mutilated the body of an Indian soldier along the de facto border between the countries.
Bloodshed along border
Tensions continue to fester between India and Pakistan. The nuclear-armed neighbours traded accusations of cross-border violations on Friday, international news agency Reuters reported.
Late on Friday night, the Indian Army said that Pakistan had violated ceasefire along the LoC in Sundarbani and Pallanwala sectors in Rajouri and Jammu districts, Indian daily DNA reported.
Indian troops shelled villages along the LoC in Pak-administered Kashmir on Friday, and killed three civilians, including a young girl, a Pakistani official was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Meanwhile, Indian officials said two civilians died when Pakistani shells hit India's side of the contested border.
A statement released by the Indian Army on Friday evening also said that militants at the LoC mutilated the body of an Indian soldier they had killed before crossing back into Pakistan.
They did so "supported by covering fire from Pakistan Army posts," the statement said. "This act will invite an appropriate response."
Shelling by both the South Asian countries has been going on since the September 18 Uri attack in Kashmir when 19 Indian soldiers were killed.
Islamabad and New Delhi have also used international platforms to hurl a slew of allegations at each other in the past few weeks.
On Thursday, each expelled a diplomat from the other country. India accused the Pakistani diplomat of running a spy ring and Pakistan cited "deep concern" about the activities of the Indian diplomat, Reuters reported.
(WION with inputs from agencies)