India says Pakistani firing on Indian posts wounded border guard on Kashmir border

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-8-11 16:41:20

Pakistani troops Sunday morning targeted Indian posts on Kashmir border, wounding a border guard of India's Border Security Force ( BSF), officials said.

The ceasefire violation took place in Kanachak area in Jammu district, the winter capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"In another instance of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, a BSF trooper was injured in firing by Pakistani troops this morning," India's official broadcaster - All India Radio (AIR) said. "The injured border guard has been shifted to the government hospital."

Reports said senior BSF officials have rushed to the scene for assessment of situation.

A heavy exchange of fire broke out between India and Pakistani troops in Poonch began on Friday night and lasted until Saturday morning.

Officials say Sunday's ceasefire violation is the third one during past one week.On Tuesday five Indian troops were killed and another wounded in a deadly ambush near Sarla in Poonch. India accused Pakistani troops of entering into their territory and carrying out the attack, a charge Pakistan denies.

Though the Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) from India and Pakistan spoke by hotline, a day after the killings, however the situation along LoC remains tense.

The killings and skirmishes on LoC have come at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad were trying to normalize ties and resume the talks. The killings according to experts are likely to overshadow the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue process.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the international border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

In January this year skirmishes between armies of two nuclear neighbors claimed lives of five troopers (two from India and three from Pakistan). Both countries blamed each other of violating the ceasefire.

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