Wednesday, 4th March 2015

India, Pakistan Border guards clash on Kashmir Border

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The border guards of India and Pakistan on Monday fired on each other's position on International Border (IB) in Kashmir, officials said.

According to Indian officials, two border guards of Border Security Force (BSF) and two civilians were wounded due to Pakistani firing, while Pakistan says the Indian firing killed a woman and wounded two others.

The two sides using light and heavy artillery targeted each other's posts and areas for hours together.

"Two BSF personnel were injured when Pakistan forces violated cease-fire by targeting BSF border outposts along IB in Jammu district," an official said.

The exchange between two sides was going on until Monday morning, officials said. The wounded border guards and civilians were admitted to Government Medical College hospital in Jammu.

According to India's official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR), BSF retaliated to Pakistan firing with equal caliber weapons.

The firing created panic among the villagers situated near Arnia sector after some mortars fell in residential areas, locals said.

Pakistan said a woman was killed and two others were wounded after Indian border guards resorted to unprovoked firing in Charwa sector near Sialkot. According to Pakistan's official broadcaster Radio Pakistan, Pakistan Rangers effectively responded to Indian BSF fire.

"Indian forces restored unprovoked firing in Charwah today morning that resulted in killing of one woman and wounding two other persons," Radio Pakistan said.

India last month said it has deployed nearly 2000 additional border guards of BSF and special surveillance equipment along the IB in the aftermath of fresh exchanges for effective domination of the areas.

On Friday, Pakistan Rangers Friday returned to India the captured Indian border guard, who had been swept away to Pakistani side by strong currents of Chenab river near border.

Last month, the armies and border guards of two countries indulged in cease-fire violations, inflicting casualties on both sides, besides damage to civilian areas.

The armies and border guards of India and Pakistan intermittently trade fire in Kashmir, despite an agreement in 2003 to observe cease-fire. Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other for resorting to unprovoked firings. LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

 The LoC on both sides is guarded by army, while as international border (IB) is guarded by BSF on Indian side and Pakistan Rangers from the other side.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir. SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 11 (Xinhua)



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