Indian soldier killed, Pakistani civilian injured in cross-border firing

India claims Pakistan initiated attack.


Web Desk August 17, 2012

SIALKOT: One Indian Border Security Force (IBSF) trooper was killed and at least one Pakistani civilian was critically injured in crossfire between Pakistan and India at the Chaprar Sector of Sialkot on Friday.

Indian forces engaged in unprovoked fire and shelling at the Chaprar sector of Sialkot on Thursday while Chenab Rangers fired in retaliation, Express News reported, whereas according to a Times of India report, an Indian official claims it was Pakistan that resorted to unprovoked firing, killing the BSF trooper.

The report also says that Pakistani Rangers initiated the attack on Thursday night.

"This was one of the heaviest instances of firing by Pakistani Rangers since the ceasefire was agreed to by India and Pakistan in November 2003," Times of India quoted a BSF official.

"BSF returned the fire to silence Pakistani guns but they (Pakistan Rangers) opened fire in adjoining areas too."

An Express News correspondent confirmed the firing and shelling and said that the injured man was in critical condition.

Rangers also cordoned off the area and directed people towards different routes.

According to local reports, a similar attack had been initiated on August 15 and one mortar had been fired the previous day as well.

Last month, one woman was killed in a similar incident in the same Chaprar sector and this has been reported as a “routine practice” of the Indian forces.

COMMENTS (31)

G. Din | 8 years ago | Reply

@Gratgy: @Aryabhat: There is some indication that people are getting to Petticoat Singh. There was no mention of Pakistan in this year's Independence Day address unlike the usual inanities like "we cannot change neighours" in his earlier addresses.

BruteForce | 8 years ago | Reply

Think logically. Why would India start a firefight and a soldier will die on the Indian side?

Only when the firing was surprise attack from the Pakistan side this would happen.

Also, Pakistan has been providing cover fire for Terrorists since the 1990s. Winter is near and usually at this time of the year Pakistani Military tries to force as many people as possible across the LoC.

Why would India provoke a fire, apparently without its soldiers under cover?

Obviously the Indian version is correct. Use your power of deduction for a change.

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