A Pakistani villager was martyred, while 15 others including three Jawans of Chenab Rangers were injured seriously in the fresh spell of unprovoked firing by the Indian Boarder Security Force on Pakistani border villages in Sialkot Working Boundary‘s Suchetgarh and Bajra Garhi sectors early Sunday morning.
According to the senior Pak Army officials, the Indian security forces opened indiscriminate firing on Sialkot border villages early on Sunday morning after the 12 hours of the first spell of Indian firing on these villages during the last night. The firing created panic among the locals. The Indian forces fired several small-sized mortar shells, besides using the G-2 guns. The firing continued for about two hours. However, the Chenab Rangers retaliated and gave a befitting reply to the enemy. It was the second incident of unprovoked Indian firing on Sialkot border villages during the last 12 hours. Earlier, the Indian security forces opened fire on the above-mentioned Pakistani border villages in the night between Saturday and Sunday which met a befitting response by the Chenab Rangers which silenced the enemy guns after one hours of fire exchange.
Senior officials confirmed that as many as 13 persons were injured by Indian firing. The injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot, where one of them succumbed to his injuries. The martyred Pakistani was identified as Muhammad Khalid (38). The injured Jawans were identified as: Shah Nawaz, Tariq and Ikram. The names of wounded villagers are: Kaneez Bibi, Naheed Bibi, Ahad, Tauqeer, Iqra, Tanzeela, Maria, Nayab, Sameena Kausar, Ghulam Raza, Ali Qasim and Ghulam Hussain. The condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has expressed grave concern over the firing incidents by Indian security forces. Talking to the newsmen here Sunday, she said Pakistan has lodged a strong protest against the Indian firing which killed a Pakistani villager and injured 12 others.
Agencies add: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged sustained cross-border fire on Sunday, security officials said, a day after what the Indian Border Security Force says an Indian soldier was killed by Pakistani troops while patrolling one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders. The two sides exchanged small arms fire for 30 minutes early on Sunday at a border post in Suchetgarh region 30 km from Jammu. A Pakistani border security official confirmed the clash, but denied starting it. Three Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were wounded, he said.