NEW DELHI – India’s border security forces accused the Pakistani army on Wednesday of killing four of its officers and violating a ceasefire that both had promised to adhere to in May.
The Border Security Force (BSF) said in a statement that four officers were killed in unprovoked shootings by Pakistan along the border in Jammu region in northern India.
The ADG, BSF, Jammu Frontier, Kamal Nath Choubey, during a press briefing, described the violation as “very unfortunate,” after both armies had pledged to fully implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement in late May.
“The decisions taken are decisions made to honor. We have honored it, Pakistan has not,” stressed Choubey, who warned that they were “prepared” for any possible infraction despite the truce.
On May 29, the Director General of Military Operations of Pakistan and India pledged to fully implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit with immediate effect.
However, the two countries have repeatedly accused each other of violating it.
According to Islamabad, India violated the ceasefire 1,970 times in 2017, killing 52 civilians, while New Delhi accused Pakistan of carrying out 860 attacks last year in which 31 people died and 151 were injured.
Both countries have been sparring over the sovereignty over the region of Kashmir since the partition of the subcontinent following the withdrawal of British rule in 1947, and have waged two wars and other minor conflicts over it.