A day after a Pakistani national was shot dead by BSF along International Border in Gurdaspur sector in Punjab, Pakistan summoned the Indian Acting High Commissioner J P Singh to lodge a protest over the killing. BSF officials admitted the firing could have been avoided and they had ordered an internal inquiry to fix responsibility.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement early on Thursday, said: “Touqeer, along with two others, was cutting grass in Shakargarh, Narowal, when the three inadvertently crossed the international border. Indian BSF troops fired without any warning, injuring Touqeer, while the other two managed to return. Immediately, a Company Commander level contact was established by Pakistan Rangers to take over the injured Pakistani, but the BSF troops refused and took the injured across the fence. Later, he passed away in the custody of BSF troops,” Pakistan government’s statement said.
The Pakistan government said it condemned the action of the BSF troops which was in violation of Border Ground Rules.
Speaking about the incident, a senior BSF official said: “The three men had crossed over to the Indian side and when they were warned, two of them went back. The third person continued moving ahead and also abused the BSF personnel. When he did not heed any warning, the BSF jawan opened fire and it hit the victim in his abdomen. He was rushed to hospital but died on way to hospital,” said a senior BSF official.