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India, Pakistan border guards trade fire on Kashmir border

English.news.cn   2014-07-20 18:57:51

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The border guards of India and Pakistan Sunday fired on each other's position on international border (IB) in Kashmir, officials said.

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

Reports said the cease-fire violation took place in Pital and two other posts early Sunday around 2:00 a.m. (local time).

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

Pakistan Sunday said a civilian was killed and four others wounded after Indian border guards of Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing in Charwa and Harpal sectors on their side. According to Pakistan's official broadcaster, Radio Pakistan, Pakistan rangers effectively responded to Indian BSF fire.

This is the sixth cease-fire violation so far in this month.

An Indian border guard was killed and seven others including four civilians were wounded in Arnia sector of R S Pora on Wednesday in exchange of fire between two sides.

On Thursday India's Director General of BSF, D K Pathak visited the forward area on IB in Jammu and reviewed the situation in wake of firing exchange between the two sides. He directed his troopers to strongly retaliate to the firing from the Pakistani Rangers.

The troops of India and Pakistan intermittently exchange fire on line-of-control (LoC), despite an agreement in 2003 to observe cease-fire along IB and LoC in Kashmir. Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other of resorting to unprovoked firings.

Last year over 200 cease-fire violations were recorded on LoC, the highest in last ten years.

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

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

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.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe cease-fire along IB and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the cease-fire remains in effect.

Editor: Mioh Song
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