Pak Rangers fire on Indian post on I-Day

Pakistani Rangers opened unprovoked fire in Hira Nagar sector of the international border on India’s 66th Independence Day yesterday, according to sources in the BSF.

Sources said the Pakistani Rangers opened fire at Pansera post close to the zero line on the international border about 65 km south west of Jammu. The firing lasted for over half- an-hour.

Joint celebration: Indian and Pakistani revellers hold up candles and joint national flags near the Wagah border gate on Tuesday during a vigil marking their respective countries’ Independence Day. Pic/AFP

The Indian side did not retaliate, the sources said. Pakistani Rangers have been firing at Indian posts almost regularly for the past one week. This was the sixth such incident in the past week, said sources.

The firings are a violation of a ceasefire agreement that the Indian and Pakistani governments had agreed to adhere to in November 2003.

India shares a 198-km international border in Jammu region with Pakistan. 

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