Three killed in Indian BSF firing along Working Boundary in Sialkot: ISPR

Published: August 4, 2015
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RAWALPINDI: At least three civilians were killed, and 22 others were injured on Tuesday as India’s Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing along the Working Boundary near Sialkot.

“The deceased include a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old, named Atif and Muhammad Adnan respectively,” according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

Pakistani civilians were caught amid the unprovoked firing which occurred early Tuesday morning near Sukhial village in Pukhlian sector along the Working Boundary near Sialkot.

Read: Unprovoked Indian firing: BSF violates ceasefire at LoC again

“Pakistan Rangers befittingly responded to Indian fire,” the statement added.

The firing comes days after India’s BSF resorted to ‘unprovoked’ firing at the LoC. However, no casualties were reported.

In a similar attack in the same week,  a civilian was critically injured as a result of unprovoked firing by BSF on LoC in the Chirikot sector. He later succumbed to his injuries at the Combined Military Hospital.

Read: India resorts to unprovoked shelling on LoC

Both sides have exchanged gunfire this month with four people killed on the Pakistani side. Five more have been left injured by the attacks from across the border.

Pakistan lodges protest with Indian government

Meanwhile, Pakistan has lodged a protest with the Indian government over the incident.

“The government of Pakistan offers its condolences and deep sympathies to the bereaved families on the loss of precious lives,” said a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on Tuesday.

While the government conveyed its deep concern at the continuous unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian side at the LoC and the Working Boundary, and its targeting of civilians.

Pakistan, while condemning the border violation, also impressed upon India to observe the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • EAGLE STRIKE
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:05AM

    indians are barbarians of medieval age.Recommend

  • chris
    Aug 4, 2015 - 12:24PM

    This needs to stop from either end, both blaming each other. Have a huge war if needed and stop it forever….this continuous tension across country is not good for the region.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Aug 4, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Credibility of this article is in question because as per article BSF started firing at LOC while LOC is not guarded by BSF, its under Army’s control.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Aug 4, 2015 - 4:59PM

    @Pankaj:
    and one at Hindustan Times is very accurate. Recommend

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