Pakistan Refutes 7 Rangers Killed on Jammu Border

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JAMMU: Paramilitary forces guarding International Border Friday claimed it had killed 7 personnel of Pakistani Rangers and a militant while retaliating to a ceasefire violation on the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir in which one BSF jawan was injured.

The claim has been refuted by Pakistan army as ‘absolutely false’.

“Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pakistani soldier/Ranger with firing at anytime of today at Line of Control or working boundary is absolutely false,” Pakistan army chief spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted yesterday evening.

Denouncing the Indian claims as ‘lies’, Lt Gen Bajwa said India resorted to unprovoked fire/shelling on working boundary in Shakargarh Sector yesterday.

Earlier, the spokesperson of the Punjab Rangers, the Indian BSF violated the ceasefire and did unprovoked shelling on border villages in Shakargarh and Bajwat Sectors along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

The Indian BSF again targeted the civilian population with small and heavy weapons.

The Punjab Rangers (PR) retaliated in a befitting manner, making the Indian guns silent, senior PR officials claimed. However, no loss of life was reported, the officials added.

“The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a militant were shot dead in the retaliatory firing,” BSF said in a statement.

Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said "source input" claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of 5 Rangers.

The strong response by the BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.

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