Seven Pakistani troopers and a militant are believed to have been killed in a retaliatory firing by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in a clash on the International Border in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
“In a befitting reply to a sniper attack by Pakistan Rangers in Hiranagar sector of Jammu frontier, BSF launched an aggressive offensive. During intermittent firing, one militant and seven Rangers were shot dead,” a Border Security Force (BSF) statement issued in New Delhi said.
The clash followed firing from Pakistan Rangers in which one BSF trooper was critically injured on the International Border in Hiranagar.
Government sources said the clash was the “latest in a series of ceasefire violations by Pakistan” since the September 29 surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
The ceasefire violation by Pakistan occurred at around 9.30 in the morning in Kathua district, a BSF source said
“A BSF soldier suffered a bullet injury. He has been evacuated to the Government Medical College, Jammu. His condition is critical,” the source told Narad News adding, the injured trooper has been identified as Constable Gurnam Singh.
The ceasefire violation comes a day after BSF troopers on October 20 foiled a major infiltration.
Last week, addressing an Editors’ conference at Chandigarh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: “Border security is a very sensitive issue and India is engaging all the neighbors, except Pakistan, diplomatically to ensure peace on the borders”.
He also said India is ready to help Pakistan take action against terrorists in Pakistan, including in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir.
Rajnath urged Pakistan to “close down the factory of terrorism” and had maintained that the Indian army’s surgical strikes across LoC was a “pre-emptive action against Pakistan”.
The minister said Pakistan needed to act against terrorists on its territory. “That is the reason it has been isolated not only in South Asia but also in the world.”