Border Security Force, which has been giving a befitting reply to Pakistan for unprovoked firing along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir for the past three days, on Sunday received a call from Pakistani Rangers requesting to stop firing, a statement said.
In the wee hours of Friday, a BSF jawan and four civilians were killed and over a dozen others were injured in Pak firing on the border in RS Pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu.
The BSF constable who was killed has been identified as Sitaram Upadhyay, while the civilians were identified as Sat Pal, 60, Jag Mohan, 45, Tarsem Lal, 52, and Manjeet Kaur, 45.
Since the attack, BSF troops have been engaged in the precision firing on Pakistani shooting locations, inflicting heavy losses, a release said today.
For last three days, the precision fire of BSF troopers on Pak firing locations inflicted a heavy loss on them.
Yesterday, the firing from troopers found their mark with one of the Rangers in the chicken neck area. The security force today released a footage of a target hit (bunker busting) by BSF forward troops.
According to the official statement, the Pak Rangers today 'called a Jammu BSF formation beseeching them to stop firing'.
The killings also took place in the backdrop of central government’s decision not to initiate combat operations against militants in the holy month of Ramazan, which started from Thursday.
Jammu and Kashmir: BSF jawan killed as Pak violates ceasefire along international border in Samba sector
J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti regretted that Pakistan has shown no respect for Ramzan despite New Delhi’s decision of a ceasefire during the holy month. She reiterated that Pakistan has to reciprocate to this peace gesture.
“Continued firing on the border in Jammu is a cause of pain and worry.
Sad that while our country took the lead in starting peace initiatives with cessation of operations during Ramzan, Pakistan has shown no respect whatsoever for this holy month. Pakistan will have to reciprocate to this peace initiative.
My deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” Mufti said in a string of tweets.
As per official data of the home ministry, there have been over 860 ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Border in 2018 and most of the incidents have occurred in the Jammu region. In 2017, as per official data, 860 and 111 such violations were reported on the LoC and IB, respectively, during which 12 civilians and 19 armed forces personnel were killed.
Pakistan claimed four civilians, including three children, were killed in firing along their side of the border on Friday. The foreign ministry of Pakistan in a presser on May 17 said that India carried out more than 1,000 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the working boundary, killing 24, civilians while injuring 107 others. In 2017, Pakistan claimed Indian forces committed 1,970 ceasefire violations.
(With inputs from PTI)