After a lull of nearly seven months, Pakistani Rangers once again resorted to mortar shelling without any provocation at forward Indian posts along the international border in Arnia sector on Sunday evening.
Sources said that mortar shelling along with other small arms fire started from across the border around 6 pm and it continued for nearly an hour. Though mortar shelling by Pakistan stopped around 7 am, its Rangers were continuously resorting to small arms fire till reports last came in around 9 pm.
A senior BSF official confirmed firing by Rangers saying that they suddenly started firing on the Indian side. “We retaliated effectively,’’ he added.
The BSF gave befitting reply to Pakistan by using the similar caliber weapons. However, there was no casualty or damage to property on the Indian side.
Sources attributed the Sunday firing by Pakistan to desperation among Rangers to push in armed terrorists to the Indian side especially when Amarnath yatra has been going on smoothly for the last five days. Nearly 40,000 pilgrims so far have darshan at Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.
Significantly, it has been first time since October last that Pakistan Rangers have resorted to mortar shelling on forward Indian posts along the international border in Arnia sector. Last year, they had lobbed mortar shells even on civilian areas killing over half a dozen civilians and injuring many others at various places.
As Rangers continued targeting civilian areas forcing migration, the BSF retaliated. The exchange of firing between two sides continued for nearly a month making Pakistan approach even UN for intervention so as to ensure peace on the borders.