Pakistan violates ceasefire
In a major ceasefire violation, Pakistan attacked 20 BSF posts in Jammu and Poonch region. (Representational Image)Reuters File

Pakistani forces targeted 12 Indian posts on the International Border in Jammu & Kashmir's Samba sector on Thursday, injuring one civilian.

This was after the Indian border forces had killed four Pakistani rangers on the New Year's Eve in retaliation to the unprovoked firing earlier on Wednesday.

"We have retaliated effectively ... four Pakistani rangers have been killed along the International Border in Samba sector this evening," Reuters quoted Inspector General for the Jammu Frontier Rakesh Sharma as saying.

One of the BSF units continued heavy firing for nearly six hours and demanded the sector commanders of the rangers to wave white flags as they had started the firing, according to The Economic Times.

The Pakistani rangers opened fire on the Indian border post on Wednesday morning killing one BSF soldier. In retaliation, Indian border forces killed four rangers and destroyed three Pakistani border posts in the heavy firing that lasted until 5:15pm.

The BSF soldiers stopped firing only after the matter was taken to Director General of Military Operations by Pakistan. The rangers then waved white flags to lift the bodies of their soldiers.

"As Pakistani rangers suffered casualties, they waved white flags, asking BSF to stop the firing so that they can lift the bodies of the dead men. We stopped the firing after their request," Sharma said.

However, Pakistan once again resumed firing through the night on 12 border posts in Samba district injuring one civilian, according to TV reports.