7 civilians killed in Indian BSF firing on Sialkot working boundary

SIALKOT: Seven civilians have been killed and 18 injured in firing by Indian Boarder Security Force (BSF) in Charway,
Harpal, Bajra Gahri and Chaprar sectors of Sialkot working boundary from October 2-6, said Sector Commander Chenab Rangers Brig Waseem Zafar Bhatti Tuesday.
Talking to the media here at Rangers headquarters, he said the firing still continued in different sectors of working boundary.
The BSF, he said, made border violations 31 times during the current year and 33 times in 2013.
He said some 12 cattle-heads were killed and over 16 injured in indiscriminate firing on civil population living in areas adjoining the border.
A large number of houses and buildings were also damaged badly in various villages, he added.
Brig Bhatti regretted that the BSF was targeting civil population whereas the Chenab Rangers refrained from doing so. It (BSF) did not want to maintain peace in spite of holding sector commanders’ meeting.
It even wanted to disrupt normal life and damage public property on Pakistani side of the border), he added.
He said the BSF always started firing on different religious events like Eid and targeted civil population living in border areas.
During the visit of Charway village, the villagers told a media team that Indian forces opened unprovoked firing on the village on Monday night, damaging several houses and killing a large number of animals.
It was observed that despite heavy firing by Indian forces, the morale of villagers was high. They found busy in their daily chores, including field works, grazing animals and cutting fodder.
Source: APP