Cross-border attacks: Indian shelling kills soldier, civilian

Published: October 19, 2013
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The latest provocation came a day after the paramilitary Chenab Rangers thwarted an infiltration attempt by a group of terrorists from the Indian territories of Chandwan Chak, Sadoon, Taili and Manihar. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The latest provocation came a day after the paramilitary Chenab Rangers thwarted an infiltration attempt by a group of terrorists from the Indian territories of Chandwan Chak, Sadoon, Taili and Manihar. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

RAWALPINDI: 

Heavy shelling by Indian border guards on Chirara and Harpal sectors near Sialkot has left a Pakistani soldier and a civilian dead over the last 48 hours, a military official said.

Sajjad, a civilian, was killed and two others were injured on Friday following unprovoked firing of heavy weapons including mortar by Indian Border Security Forces in Harpal Sector near Sialkot

The latest provocation came a day after the paramilitary Chenab Rangers thwarted an infiltration attempt by a group of terrorists from the Indian territories of Chandwan Chak, Sadoon, Taili and Manihar. When the infiltration bid failed, Indian border guards resorted to unprovoked firing in Chirara Sector near Sialkot, Sajeet Garh Sector, Shakar Garh Sector and three check posts. One paramilitary soldier was killed in the attack.

Sharing details with the media, Pakistani military sources said that India’s Border Security Forces switched off security lights installed at the working boundary at Chirara Sector in an attempt “to send terrorists into Pakistan from Chandwan Chak, Sadoon, Taili and Manihar.”

Sources said the infiltration attempt was thwarted by the Chenab Rangers who drove the terrorists away. Their action, however, was followed by unprovoked firing by BSF soldiers Chirara Sector near Sialkot, Sajeet Garh Sector, Shakar Garh Sector and check posts in Chamana, Jagwal and Abyal Dogar. A military source claimed that the shelling was probably a bid to “to cover the BSF’s malicious move”.

“The Chenab Rangers thwarted the Indian attempt upon which Indian Border Security Forces opened fire,” the source added.

Officials said that subsequently the Chenab Rangers retaliated, silencing the Indian guns but during the exchange of fire, a Rangers sepoy Israr embraced martyrdom at Chirara Sector.

This year’s rise in cross-border skirmishes has elevated tensions between India and Pakistan. The violence has been focused on Kashmir where both the countries are guarding their sides of the Line of Control.

A military official said that the border flare-up has once again grabbed attention after the prime ministers of the two countries at a meeting in New York, pledged to restore peace along the LoC and working boundaries. “This is an attempt to sabotage the negotiations between the two states as the deadly flare-up along the LoC which started taking place in January has hindered peace talks that had just resumed after a long interval sparked by the 2008 attacks in Mumbai,” he said.

The escalation in LoC tensions was seen after five Indian soldiers were killed in a raid in August.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2013.

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  • Bharat
    Oct 19, 2013 - 3:47AM

    “The latest provocation came a day after the paramilitary Chenab Rangers thwarted an infiltration attempt by a group of terrorists from the Indian territories of Chandwan Chak, Sadoon, Taili and Manihar. When the infiltration bid failed, Indian border guards resorted to unprovoked firing in Chirara Sector near Sialkot, Sajeet Garh Sector, Shakar Garh Sector and three check posts. One paramilitary soldier was killed in the attack.”
    It seems the source of this report watched Pak army propaganda movie ‘Waar’ and got inspired. :P

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  • Azi
    Oct 19, 2013 - 6:53AM

    Pakistan’s response, none as usual. And people ask why Muslims get beat up by everyone all around the world. The answer, they dont care enough to respond. Thanks army/ govt. for the “safeguard”.

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  • darbullah
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:42AM

    No one now takes Pakistani propaganda seriously.

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  • SANGREZ
    Oct 19, 2013 - 12:09PM

    @Bharat: et comments section is full of indians ,,,and studying their comments its clear they are not normal commentators,,,they are ready with factitious net links in support of their comments as well,,,,,and the question arises who theses commentators are ?I AM 100% CONVINCED THEY ARE INDIAN MILLITRY INTELLUIGENCE WING TRAINED AND TOTALLY FREE AND DEVOTED FOR SUCH ON NET ACTIVITIES,,,,Recommend

  • GP
    Oct 19, 2013 - 1:39PM

    @Azi:
    Terrorists tried infiltrating from India???? What story are you telling??? No one wants to go to Pakistan from Indian side. It is just the other way around.

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  • Mukulsharma
    Oct 19, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Indian Terrorists attempting to enter Pakistan? How laughable is that? Oh we did not catch rather we forced them to run away? Really -Pakistan has been on this negative path from day one. What have Pakistan accomplished ?

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  • Azi
    Oct 19, 2013 - 10:19PM

    @GP:

    Yeah, you are right. No one wants to go to Pakistan from India, however, to go from Afghanistan into Pakistan is a different animal. You Indians think you got something up your sleeve, that you guys are the most slick of the people around. I’m sorry to break it to you that you are not. In time, your country will suffer much worse than ours and we’ll be full of levity the same way you are right now. Enjoy while you can, only your children will suffer consequences of your mistakes.

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  • Shahzad Khan
    Oct 23, 2013 - 2:55PM

    @Azi:
    You have acknowledged that Pakistan is suffering and your country is suffering only due to the political propaganda of your own government, encouraging terrorism and in the meanwhile fooling and incorporating hate in the minds of innocent Pakistani civilians that India is responsible for all the suffering caused by your country. Instead of wishing us to suffer, why don’t you pray or act for the betterment of your own country.

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  • Azi
    Oct 26, 2013 - 10:15PM

    @Shahzad Khan:

    I wouldn’t be here arguing or telling how our corrupt govt. are playing with lives of people. Had I more power, I’d do something about it. Meanwhile, you, an Indian on Pakistani news website looking for “good news” lying around definitely have proved your self to be a sub-human.

    And no, no where did i say Pakistani people are being fooled with hate against India. Its actually very true, your govt is involved in the terrorism in Pakistan, Your time will come, though I may not be there to laugh at you, I’ll feel sad for your children suffering because of your arrogance.

    Showing fake synthesizers atleast on internet is the first step in service and betterment of my country, soon the blood on your hands will be revealed and the rat wont have any holes to hide in.

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