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More shelling, firing by Pak troops along the international border

In the biggest-ever provocation close on heels of visit of Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde to India-Pakistan border, Pakistani troops on Tuesday resorted to night-long heavy shelling and firing at over 50 border outposts along IB in which one BSF head constable was killed and seven other security personnel injured.

In the latest round, they fired 82mm mortar shells and also rockets, aparts from light machine guns (LGMs) in civilian areas as well. BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated, resulting in heavy exchanges, which continued 0230 hours on Thursday, officials said. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the shelling and firing, they said. Due to shelling, panic-stricken villagers have fled their homes to safety.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he was disappointed with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and asked him ‘even at this late hour’ to recognise that what was happening on the LoC and international border is not good for the two nations.

‘Let me say I am disappointed because in the New York meeting (between them last month) there was a general agreement on both the sides that peace and tranquility should be maintained on the border, LoC as well as IB and it has not happened. It has come to me as a big disappointment,’ Singh said.
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