RAWALPINDI: Two women embraced martyrdom and five other civilians including three women sustained gunshot wounds when Indian Border Security Force resorted to unprovoked firing along working boundary in Sialkot, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the army’s media wing, the civilians were targeted in an unprovoked cross-border firing in Chaprar sector’s Kundan Pur village of Sialkot city.
Punjab Rangers conducted retaliatory firing and responded to neutralize the Indian BSF posts, ISPR said in the statement.
Earlier this week on Monday, four Pakistani servicemen were martyred in cross-border shelling by Indian forces on the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Jandrot sector.
The soldiers were busy working on communication lines in Jandrot sector when they were hit by a mortar round fired by Indian forces, the ISPR stated on Monday.
As a result, four soldiers embraced martyrdom.
Three Indian soldiers were also killed and a few others wounded when Pakistani forces retaliated, the military’s media wing then said.
The cross-border shelling had come on the heels of Indian army chief Bipin Rawat’s threats to launch military offensive to “ramp up pressure on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism in Kashmir.”
Indian forces have violated on more than 70 occasions the ceasefire along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just first 12 days of this year.