Ceasefire violation; Five civilians injured in Poonch; Pak Rangers refuse sweets from BSF on Eid

Ceasefire violation by Pak army

Srinagar, July 18: Five civilians were injured in the ceasefire violation by the Pakistani Army in the Kerni sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. It was the second such act by the Pakistani Army in the past 12 hours.

Earlier in the day, there was unprovoked firing from the other side of the border at two posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector along the Line of Control. This was also the sixth ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the last three days.

Pakistani Rangers on Saturday refused to accept the sweets offered by the BSF on the occasion of Eid, amid the prevailing tension over ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border.

Border guarding forces of the two countries have been following a tradition of exchanging sweets on festivals at the International Border in Jammu and along the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab.

Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General in Amritsar, M F Farooqui, told reporters that their gesture of giving sweets on the occasion of Eid was not reciprocated from the other side along the Attari-Wagah border.

However, the BSF did not offer any sweets to their counterparts along the IB.

A senior BSF commander at its headquarters in Delhi told PTI that the force did not “offer” Eid sweets along the IB to Rangers as a mark of protest against the ongoing spate of ceasefire violations along this frontier and also the Line of Control (LoC) which have claimed few lives and injured many in the last few days.

In the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers, India has warned Pakistan of “effective and forceful” response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.

(With Agency Inputs)

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