Pakistan firing kills BSF trooper in J&K

BSF Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh killed in firing by Pakistan in Arnia area of Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura

In yet another incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers along the International Border, one constable of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed in Arnia sub-sector of RS Pura in Jammu district in the wee hours of Friday.

The exchanges of firing between the Indian soldiers and the Pakistan terrorists continued till Friday morning.

A BSF official said that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked small arms firing and mortar shelling in Arnia sector along the International Border (IB) in Jammu at around 8:20 am. "BSF troopers are retaliating strongly and effectively", BSF sources were quoted as saying by the IANS news agency. It is learnt that Singh, a native of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh, was posted at the Chenaz border outpost. A civilian was also injured in the gunfight, according to ANI.

Earlier the LoC in neighbouring Poonch and Rajaouri districts witnessed repeated ceasefire violations by the Pakistan troops during past couple of weeks.

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Last year, Indian and Pakistani soldiers engaged in some of the worst fighting along the Line of Control since the two nations agreed to the cease-fire accord.

There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.

Islamabad accused the Indian troops of "deliberately targeting" civilians and termed it "deplorable and contrary to human dignity and worldwide human rights and humanitarian laws". Until August 1, there were 285 such activities by the Pakistan armed force, while there were 228 in all of 2016, as indicated by the Indian Army, said PTI.

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