Pakistan Rangers on Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian border outposts during suspected movement of some persons along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu district, prompting retaliation from BSF troops.

This is the eight ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the past four days.

Giving details, a BSF officer said there was suspected movement along the International Border close to Kharkola border outpost in the RS Pura border belt of Jammu district at 9.30 am.

BSF troops guarding the borderline took positions and challenged them near Kharkola BoP, the officer said, adding during this period, Pak Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the forward area. Troops also retaliated resulting in exchanges, which are still going on when last reports came in.

On October 16, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire thrice in the Kamalkote forward area of Uri, Krishnagati and Bhimbhergali sub-sectors of Poonch district and Mangu Chak and Khatav Border Out posts along International Border in Samba district.

On October 15, Lance Naik M.F. Khan of 15 Bihar regiment was killed when Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian forward posts in Hamirpur-Balakote sub-sector in Poonch district.

On the same day, Pakistani Army had shelled mortars and fired from small arms in forward areas along LoC in Hamirpur and Bhimbher Gali sub-sectors of Poonch district.

On October 14, BSF Constable M. Basu was injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing on Katav Border Out Post along the International Border in Samba district.

In Islamabad, a military source claimed that a Pakistan Rangers’ jawan was killed in firing by BSF troops along the LoC. The incident took place in Chaprar sector. “Firing was carried out by BSF post Kharkola,” the source claimed.

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