At a time when Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi is busy interacting with Kashmiri separatists ahead of the Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan, Pakistani and Indian troops once again exchanged fire on the International Border (IB) in Jammu sector on Monday.
India and Pakistan accuse each other of violating ceasefire agreement after every such incident on IB or the Line of Control (LoC).
According to officials a major ceasefire violation that lasted throughout the night, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling and fired with automatic weapons at 20 Border Out Posts (BOPs) and civilian areas along the International Border in Jammu sector, leaving a villager injured.
“Pakistan Rangers armed with heavy weaponry resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing of automatic weapons on 15 to 20 Border Out Posts (BoPs) in Arnia and RS Pura sub-sectors in Jammu district around 2130 hours last night”, BSF officials said.
The BSF troops responded with equal calibre weapons to Pakistan’s firing which resulted in intermittent exchanges of fire, which stopped around 0630 hours today, they added.
Reports said that an elderly villager identified as Attar Singh of Treva hamlet was injured in the mortar shelling.
There were reports that Pakistani Rangers also fired 82-mm mortars on BoPs and some civilian areas in Arnia and RS Pura.
Most of the borderline in RS Pura and Arnia was shelled by the Pakistani Rangers throughout the night, making it the biggest ceasefire violation this year.
The cross-border firing comes ahead of the August 25 Foreign Secretary talks between India and Pakistan.
This is the 11th ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along LoC and IB in Jammu region during the past 10 days and the 12th in August this year.