Pakistan denies killing of Rangers, says India resorted to unprovoked firing

"Indians resorted to unprovoked firing in Shakargarh sector today, Pakistan Rangers befittingly responded to the attack," the Pakistan official said.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 21, 2016 10:00 pm
Jammu: Mortar shells fired from across the LOC by Pakistan in village Panjgrain, Rajouri district in Jammu on Thursday. PTI Photo(PTI10_20_2016_000063A) Jammu: Mortar shells fired from across the LOC by Pakistan in village Panjgrain, Rajouri district in Jammu on Thursday. PTI Photo

Pakistan on Friday denied claims regarding killing of any Pakistan soldier by India at the International Border in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement issued today, General Asim Bajwa, Director General, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the Indian Army’s claim of hitting or killing any Pakistan soldier/Ranger with firing at anytime today at LOC/ working boundary are absolutely false. The Pakistan official went on to say that India resorted to unprovoked firing which was dealt by Pakistan soldiers.

“Indians resorted to unprovoked firing in Shakargarh sector today. Pakistan Rangers befittingly responded to the attack. There have been no loss on Pakistan side,” said Bajwa in the statement.

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A statement issued by BSF spokesperson earlier on Friday said that seven Pakistani Rangers were killed and three others were injured as BSF retaliated to mortar shelling and small arms fire from across the International Border at various places in Kathua, Samba and Jammua districts. “There is confirmed information of the killing of seven Pak Rangers and serious injury to three others,” a BSF spokesperson said.

According to reports, an Indian army soldier was also injured in the gun battler across LOC in Gali Maidan area of Sawjian sector, while a BSF jawan was injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistani rangers in Hiranagar sector along the international border in Kathua district on Friday.

In the aftermath of the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army along the LoC, there has been an escalation in ceasefire violation by Pakistan and terrorist attacks have taken place in several districts in Jammu and Kashmir. India conducted surgical strikes against the terrorist launch pads along the LoC in response to the Uri attack which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers. Pakistan had earlier also denied India’s claim of surgical strikes in Pakistan.

(With inputs from ANI)