Indian forces started unprovoked firing in Sialkot, says Dawn report

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Sialkot (Pakistan), Aug 11: India's Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel started unprovoked firing on a Pakistani Rangers' (PR) checkpost in the Sialkot sector on Sunday, a report in leading Pakistani daily Dawn said.

The report said the PR authorities ordered a probe into the incident. Military sources said the exchange of firing continued for a long time although no loss of lives was reported.

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Indian establishments witnessed a massive storm on Tuesday after five Indian soldiers were killed in a post in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and the Opposition parties strongly demanded scrapping of talks with Islamabad due later this month and early next month.

The Indian defence minister, A K Antony, drew flak for remarking that the killers were in Pakistani military outfits while the army and the defence ministry made contradictory statements. The defence ministry withdrew its statement later while Antony re-issued fresh statements.

The Pakistani Army, however, denied responsibility. Pakistani authorities said they always respected the ceasefire agreement with India and were looking forward to resume dialogues with New Delhi.

On August 8, Pakistan counter-claimed that Indian troops had opened fire along the Line of Control (LoC) and injured a Pakistani civilian. A day before this allegation came up, Directors General Military Operations of both countries discussed the situation on the LoC over the hotline.

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