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BSF soldiers patrol border at India-Pakistan International Border Post– File Photo

RAWALPINDI: As many as six Pakistani civilians, including two women and a child, were seriously injured due to small arms firing and mortar shelling by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at village Surkhpur at Chuprial sector, 10 kilometres from Sialkot at 2000 hours Thursday evening.

According to a Pakistani military official, the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot.

Moreover, Times of India reported that a Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed in the incident.

Sources said the firing started around 730pm (IST) and went on intermittently.

Reports said some families from villages close to the zero line had started moving to safer places.

This was the eighth ceasefire violation in the past 10 days. The two countries had reached a ceasefire agreement in 2003.

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majid sohail
Aug 17, 2012 04:57pm
pakistan zinda abad PAK FAUJ ZINDA ABAD
Aug 17, 2012 08:11am
With the current situation in Pakistan, it is hard to believe that Pakistan would provoke India through cross border firing. Why is India shelling the villages? It is to cause further chaos inside Pakistan, in my opinion.
Aug 17, 2012 12:05pm
It's a diversion tactic. Indian government trying to divert attention from Assam riots and the fact that people are fleeing Banglore. All governments create diversions to hide major issues.
Aug 17, 2012 05:00am
Call the flag meeting and protest
Aug 17, 2012 05:33am
Its amazing...how only civilian casualties are relatively much higher on Pakistan side and more or less next to none on Indian side. (Just observing a pattern in related news)
Aug 17, 2012 06:00am
Ceasefire violation by whom?
Dr Muneeb
Aug 17, 2012 06:22am
With one of their soldier dead, it should be enough to silence them
Aug 17, 2012 06:28am
The firing was started from the Pakistani side to push in infiltrators.
Aug 17, 2012 06:38am
amazing how the indian army man died due to small arms firing and mortar shelling by Indian Border Security Force. Be a bit more unbiased. Something must have happened before BSF started firing. Or, did they just get up one morning and started firing across the border and also kill one of their own for good measure!!!
Aug 17, 2012 06:39am
Funny how Times of India only reported the Indian soldier dead and did not mention any injuries on the Pakistani civilian side. They also blamed Pakistan for opening fire first. What propraganda...
Aug 17, 2012 06:41am
please read article on TOI on the same incident!
Aug 17, 2012 07:22am
The fact is that -- many terrorists have been trying to cross the border to create unrest in India. Even the Pakistanis counterpart know it . But virtually there has been no control from the Pakistan side to curb these illegal infiltration. Due to which the Indian forces on the border are very alert and they do not want to take any chance. And in the cross border firing innocent civilians are killed.
Aug 17, 2012 08:21am
Why don't people talk with facts. Freedom fighters cross in Kashmir sector, what crossing from Sialkot sector.
Aug 17, 2012 09:43am
Its not the situation. only agenda the politicians, army and hardliners have is to create hatred and bake their bread on the burner of hatred.. this shelling was done by pak rangers to push the terrorists inside india.. as evident with repeated events..
Aug 19, 2012 01:43am