A BSF officer was killed after Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked shelling in Tarkundi area of Rajouri district on Sunday night.
Sources said the officer has been identified as Assistant Sub Inspector Sohan Lal from Sikar district of Rajasthan.
They said the shelling started around 7.30 pm and was continuing at the time of going to press. The incident came barely 24 hours after Pakistan agreed with India that there will be no mortar shelling on each other.
A senior BSF officer said Pakistani troops fired two 82 mm mortar bombs, which exploded near a forward Indian post. ASI Lal received severe splinter injuries in the attack, he said. Troops guarding the border on this side retaliated.
Earlier in the day, the troops guarding the Pakistani borders opened fire in Samba district along the International Border (IB). “Pakistan rangers fired three rounds early today morning using small weapons. The fire was aimed at a forward border outpost in Samba,” a BSF official said. He, however, said the BSF did not retaliate to the fire.
Meanwhile, an SPO was among two people injured when a live Pakistani mortar shell exploded in Sawjian area of Poonch district. Sources said that the explosion took place when the victims picked up a shell and started examining it.
Peace won’t return with guns: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Srinagar: Saying that peace in the Valley will “not return with guns”, J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday accused some people of perpetrating violence in the name of Islam.
“Islam’s message of peace is too loud to be lost in the din of violence perpetrated by some people in its noble name,” he said, addressing a rally in Anantnag town. “Peace will not return with guns but dialogue”.
Mufti reiterated his slogan “Na genade say, na goli se, baat banaygi boli se.”