World Bulletin / News Desk
Two civilians were killed and four others injured in a border clash between the border security forces of arch rivals Pakistan and India on Saturday highlighting the strained relations between the two neighbors.
A senior Pakistani military official who wished to remain anonymous told the Anadolu Agency that India’s Border Security Force (BSF) had resorted to “unprovoked” firing on Rangers - Pakistan’s border security force - early Saturday morning on the border near northeastern Sialkot district in the Punjab province, which resulted in the killing of two civilians, including an elderly woman.
Four other civilians were also injured, the official said.
However, the Indian media reported the shooting had been “initiated by Pakistani border force.”
The two nuclear powers signed a cease-fire agreement in 2003, of which violations are frequent amid various allegations, denials, and counter-allegations.
The fresh shooting exchange follows the cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries following the meeting, this past week, between Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi, Abdul Basit, and Kashmiri separatist leaders despite India’s objections.
The disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a major bone of contention between the two neighboring states since 1947 as they have fought two full-fledged wars-in 1948 and 1965- and a three-week long skirmish in 1999, over it.
Pakistan and India now respectively hold one third and two thirds of the disputed region.Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2014, 14:21