Border skirmishes: India claims soldier killed by Pakistan firing

Published: June 7, 2013
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu January 16, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu January 16, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

SRINAGAR: Pakistani troops shot and killed an Indian army officer on Friday near the countries’ disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian army officials alleged.

“A junior commanding officer was shot dead by the Pakistani troops near Poonch sector,” a senior army official claimed in New Delhi.

“Suddenly there was firing from the other side and our officer was killed,” the officer added, requesting anonymity.

The dead man, Bachan Singh, was posted in the Poonch region, 200 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of Indian Kashmir’s capital of Srinagar.

Another senior army officer, Rajesh Kalia, stationed in Indian Kashmir, said the latest attack has “not been declared as a ceasefire violation” as a probe is under way.

Tensions spiked between New Delhi and Islamabad in January and February as six soldiers were killed in exchanges along the de facto border in Kashmir.

Four of the soldiers killed were from Pakistan while two were from India. One of the Indians was beheaded, allegedly by Pakistanis.

Relations between the two countries have also been strained in recent months by both sides protesting the deaths of prisoners held by the other.

The murder of an Indian prisoner in a Pakistani jail was followed by the tit-for-tat killing of a Pakistani prisoner in an Indian jail last month.

Pakistan denies allegation

Pakistan military spokesperson categorically denied the allegation, saying that no Pakistani troops carried out any firing across the Line of Control, ISPR reported.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Unbelievable
    Jun 7, 2013 - 6:45PM

    Another example of how the Pakistan and Indian military can undermine Civilian efforts at diplomacy.


  • abc
    Jun 7, 2013 - 6:47PM

    Friendly fire of celebrations like what happened other day when a woman was killed in Pakistan?


  • dude
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:07PM

    kill 2 in return


  • TD
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:27PM

    @dude, Will that be enough to gratify your blood-thirst? Or you want more? Well why would you care. It’s not your brother or father who’s getting killed at the border.


  • Baloch
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Illetrate soldiers will never understand the meaning of Peace, humanity, friendship and love.


  • Indian diplomat
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Indians have brought it upon themselves. They should have attended NS’s oath taking ceremony, invited or not. It is always a good strategy to keep the enemy in good humour.


  • Fawaz R Balouch
    Jun 7, 2013 - 8:24PM

    Good. They were probably responding to enemy firing except our side didn’t miss the target! Control your soldiers and give them food – we won’t be forced to act. Capiche?


  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 7, 2013 - 8:34PM

    beating pakistani diplomat (like old days), accusing involvement in indian punjab unrest and now accusing border firing…. its easier to blame for a spineless indian prime minister than to take big decision.


  • Someone
    Jun 7, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Fake drama.


  • Fawad
    Jun 7, 2013 - 10:26PM

    Be ready to get counter affect!


  • Khalid Bugti
    Jun 8, 2013 - 12:40AM



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