January 3, 2015
At least 3 soldiers of Pakistan Rangers, the country’s border protection paramilitary force, were reportedly killed as a outcome of intense firing from Indian positions.
“Firing devoid of provocation started from the Pakistan side,” an Indian government spokesperson mentioned late Friday night, adding that India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh had asked the BSF to give its neighbor “a appropriate response.”
Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that a 14-year-old girl died as a outcome of the shelling from each sides along the international boundary.
Comparable incidents of cross-border shelling have occurred in the previous few days, and are routine along the tense India-Pakistan border. At least 5 Pakistan Rangers soldiers and one from India’s BSF have been killed given that Tuesday, when the latest round of firing started. Both countries have accused each other of escalating the tensions in the border area.
Friday night’s events followed the sinking of a Pakistani fishing boat, which the Indian coast guard suspected of carrying explosives, on the intervening night of Dec. 31 and Jan.1, in which at least 4 persons are believed to have been killed.
Indian media was, having said that, divided on whether or not the Pakistani boat posed a genuine terror threat like the one particular that led to an attack on Mumbai, India, in November 2008 in which a lot more than 160 men and women died and over 300 were injured. As numerous as ten attackers had managed to arrive on two boats, undetected on the night of Nov. 26 that year, and launched a series of coordinated attacks on India’s financial capital and one particular of the most densely populated cities.
Besides the boat that went down, a second one particular was allegedly spotted and may possibly have escaped India’s coast guard, The Instances of India reported. There are also doubts on whether those on board the Pakistani vessel were terrorists, The Indian Express mentioned, adding that new evidence reportedly showed that the victims may perhaps be petty smugglers.
On Friday, the Indian coast guard had mentioned that the boat, which is believed to be from the port of Keti Bandar in western Pakistan’s Sindh province, was intercepted about 220 miles from the Indian port city of Porbandar in Gujarat state. Gujarat coast is on high alert just after the incidents.