Ahead of Modi-Sharif meet, BSF jawan killed in Pak firing on LoC
On the eve of PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif's meeting in Russia, Pakistani troops on Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing on LoC.
Srinagar: On the eve of PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif's meeting in Russia, Pakistani troops on Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian forward post along the Line of Control.
One BSF jawan was killed in the Pakistani sniper fire in Baramulla sector of North Kashmir killing.
The incident took place at around 3.30 PM when the jawan, posted in Karam post in Uri area of Baramulla sector, collapsed after being hit in his right eye by a bullet from across the border, officials said.
BSF Director General D K Pathak confirmed the incident.
The jawan has been identified as Krishna Kumar Dubey, a constable in Border Security Force.
This is the first time that Pakistani troops have opened fire in this sector this year.
The Pakistani firing was retaliated by the troops and some casualities were inflicted on the other side, officials claimed.
Continued firings on the border, which claimed the lives of security personnel, and the Pakistani envoy hobnobbing with Kashmiri separatists last August saw India calling off foreign secretary-level talks at the last moment.
Ties saw a downswing after that, and Pakistan's raising the Kashmir issue at international forums did not help matters.
The release of 26/11 mastermind Zakiur-Rehman Lakhvi, despite India voicing concerns, also added to New Delhi's concerns. Friday's meeting is likely to see terrorism being discussed, especially India's concern over the release of Lakhvi by a court in Pakistan.
Modi and Sharif had met in November last year during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, but they did not hold any bilateral meeting.
However, Modi did call up Sharif to greet him for Ramadan. The two countries also helped evacuate each other's nationals from Yemen.
(With Agency inputs)