4 civilians killed in cross-border firing near Sialkot

Both Indian and Pakistani forces claim civilians on their side were killed in the crossfire.

Afp/web Desk August 23, 2014

SIALKOT:  At least two Pakistani civilians were killed and six others were injured in cross-border firing and shelling by Indian forces across the working boundary early on Saturday, Express News reported.

India's Border Security Force (BSF) claims  that two Indian civilians were also killed in the firing.

According to Pakistani officials, Indian army started firing in Charwah sector, Sialkot at around 1 am.

As a result of the heavy firing, Imdad Hussain, 60, was killed in Jagran Gari area. A woman was also killed and her two daughters were injured when Indian mortars fell in Khadaral village.

Three women were reportedly injured when mortars fired by Indian forces landed in Bina Sulehrian.

"The BSF again resorted to unprovoked firing in the Chaprar and Harpal sectors," a Pakistani senior military official told AFP.

Pakistan Rangers retaliated with heavy gunfire that BSF claims killed two civilians as well.

"Two civilians were killed" and four people injured, including a paramilitary soldier, on the Indian side of the international frontier when Pakistani forces opened fire, Indian police inspector-general Rajesh Kumar told AFP.

On August 8, in a brief moment of goodwill between the nations, Pakistan freed an Indian soldier captured after he was swept into the Pakistani zone of Kashmir when his patrol boat capsized.

Earlier this week, India cancelled bilateral talks that were scheduled for August 25 in protest to Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit meeting All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders before the talks. Pakistan described the cancellation of the bilateral talks as a "setback" for relations and asserted the meetings with Kashmiri separatists were a traditional practice ahead of talks with India "to facilitate meaningful discussions".

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