Pak appeals for peace along LoC after retaliatory fire by BSF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2017 09:01:57



AFTER the BSF launched Operation Arjun following intermittent firing and ceasefire violations from across the border in Jammu region, Pakistani forces spoke to the Indian side and sought peace along the border, BSF Director General K K Sharma said here on Wednesday. Sharma talked with his Pakistani counterpart on September 23 and then again on September 25.

Speaking at an interaction with members of the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents (IAFAC), Sharma said, the Pakistani forces initiated firing around August 24-25 during which a BSF trooper lost his life.
“We retaliated by firing both flat trajectory and area weapons,” he said referring to Operation Arjun.

“This went on and in that process another jawan of ours was sniped and he was martyred and one civilian lady was martyred,” he said, adding that several BSF troopers and civilians were also injured.
He said that the BSF retaliated because that is what the Pakistani forces understood and in the process caused damage to men and material across the border.

The BSF guards the international border with Pakistan south of the Chenab while on the north, along the LoC, it works under the operational control of the Indian Army.
The BSF Director General said the Pakistani side keeps doing this periodically “but fortunately this time both sides talked to each other”.

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