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Indian forces open unprovoked firing along Nezapir sector

SIALKOT: Indian Border Security Force resorted to unprovoked firing in Nezapir Sector of Rawlakot, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to ISPR, the Indian forces opened indiscriminate firing at around 11.40 pm Saturday night and continued their gunfire with interrmitent shelling until 4.45am.

No loss of life or property damage was reported during the firing. Pak Rangers befittingly responded to the Indian aggression.

Read more: Pakistani soldier killed in Indian firing along LoC

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan forces in August last year killed at least nine people.

On the Pakistani side of the frontier, six civilians were killed and more than 40 were treated for wounds in hospital in Sialkot.

BSF claimed that their three civilians had died and 22 were wounded in firing across the frontier in the northern Jammu region.

Later in September 2015, Indian and Pakistani border forces agreed to maintain restraint on their disputed Kashmir frontier, as they sought to defuse tensions that have been heightened in recent months by militant attacks that each side blames the other for.

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The heads of India’s Border Security Force and the Pakistani Rangers met in New Delhi to find ways to de-escalate tensions along the border as part of a series of measures agreed by the leaders of the two countries in July.

The border chiefs agreed to hold back cross-border firing and not to retaliate immediately to violations of a 15-year ceasefire.

“Both have decided not to immediately retaliate against firing from either side and to contact the other side to know the cause of firing,” the official said, reading from a draft text the two governments agreed.

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