Following repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the BSF’s retaliation has killed approximately 15 Pak rangers. Arun Kumar, ADG, BSF on Friday said that while they could not confirm the number of casualties on the opposite side, approximately 15 Pakistani army men have been killed in retaliatory fire. Meanwhile, curfew has been re-enforced in Srinagar following the repeated firing from across the Line of Control. The BSF said that the Pakistani forces have been trying to push militants into this side of the border as the Indian Army had foiled a couple of infiltration bids only a day before.
According to the District Collector, at least one civilian is reported to have been killed during Pakistan’s firing in the Khor belt of Jammy district. Earlier Pakistan had violated ceasefire at 11: 30 in the morning in the Balakot sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani rangers are reported to have been using small arms, mortars, automatics, 82 mm Mortars and 120 mm Mortars. A family in Kashmir found themselves to be extremely lucky when a mortar hit their house in Hiranagar sector but did not go off. One Indian Army Major is also reported having been injured in the heavy shelling from both sides.
Meanwhile ADG, BSF, Arun Kumar also said that the Indian Army would never open fire on a civilian population, but if Pakistan initiates firing, the soldiers from this side would retaliate. t has also been reported that at least 4 Pakistani posts have been destroyed during the retaliation by the Indian Army. Pakistan is reported to have violated the ceasefire in various locations in the Jammu and Kashmir region; Balakot, Pallanwala and Kathua among many others. The situation between India and Pakistan had worsened after the terror attack in Uri, which led to the death of 19 Indian soldiers. India, as a retaliatory measure them marched into a covert operation across the LoC and conducted Surgical strikes eliminating a significant number of terrorists.