Pakistan military blames India for truce violations

ISLAMABAD (TIP): Faced with India’s charges of continued ceasefire violations, Pakistan’s military on October 23 blamed Indian troops of targeting its forward posts in the past two days. “Indian troops have intensified violations and carried out unprovoked firing in Pukhlian, Chaprar, Harpal and Charwah Sectors near Sialkot, and targeted civilian areas,” Pak’s military spokesperson, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, said in a statement. It comes a day after a BSF head constable was killed and seven personnel injured in heavy firing by Pakistani troops, prompting Indian home minister Sushilkumar Shinde to call for a befitting reply. The Pak military had described the shelling and firing on Indian positions as a “retaliation”. The military spokesperson said Indian’s border security force (BSF) had targeted 27 Pakistani posts along the border in last two days. “Pakistani troops have effectively responded to Indian firing. During the last 2 weeks, due to Indian shelling, a Ranger’s soldier and two civilians were killed while 26 people were injured along the IB and LoC,” he said.

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