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India strongly responding to firing from Pakistan: BSF

Posted on Aug 24 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 24 : India is strongly responding to the firing from Pakistan, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General D.K. Pathak said here Sunday.

"The BSF is effectively and strongly responding to the firing and will continue to do so. Our volume and intensity of target fire is more effective than theirs (Pakistan)," Pathak said in a press conference.

Pathak said firing from Pakistan has been continuing since Aug 16.

"The Pakistan forces are attacking mostly the civilian areas," he said.

The BSF chief said the Pakistani media reported that five people have been killed and 16 others injured on their side, "while on our side, two people were killed and seven others have been injured".

A BSF official, on condition of anonymity, told IANS: "Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants have been killed in the retaliatory fire by the BSF at opposite border outpost in R.S. Pura."

He said their repeated requests to hold flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers has not been responded by their counterparts till now.

"We have sent a number of 'protest notes' to the Pakistn Rangers over these firings. The last one was sent last (Saturday) night," Pathak said.

He said as many as 25 BSF posts are under intense firing by Pakistani forces.

"There were a series of ceasefire violations few days prior to Aug 16 also," he said.

The BSF said Pakistan rangers again started unprovoked firing Saturday around 10 p.m. on 25 BSF Border Out Posts (BoPs) of R.S. Pura, Jammu and Akhnoor area.

The Pakistan Rangers from Jamshed, Labaik, Malane, Kaseera, Ghug and many other BoPs opened heavy firing targetting BSF BoPs and civilian areas.

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