Pakistan Army on Friday claimed that none of its soldiers had died in firing at the border, contradicting the BSF’s assertion that it had killed 15 Pakistan Rangers personnel while retaliating to cross-border firing. The BSF on Friday said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross-border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.
However, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) rejected BSF’s assertion. “Indian claims of killing any Pakistani soldier at the Working Boundary is absolutely baseless and untrue,” the ISPR said in a statement. “India’s claim is part of their propaganda campaign aimed to hide their losses at the Working Boundary and also divert world attention from the Kashmir issue,” it said.
Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani Rangers have been killed so far, the BSF had said.
In the meantime, for the third time this week, Pakistan has summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest over alleged “unprovoked firing” by Indian forces along the Working Boundary and LoC. “(Pakistan) strongly condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations on October 27 by the Indian Forces at the Working Boundary in Shakargarh sector and on the LoC in Nikial sector” resulting in the death of six civilians, including two women, and injuries to 22 civilians, Pakistan Foreign Office said.