Jammu, May 21: Hours after the Pakistani rangers pleaded with the Border Security Force (BSF) to stop firing at the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan violated ceasefire at Arnia sector of Jammu. On Sunday night, Pakistan opened small-arms firing in Ramgarh sector of Samba. Intermittent firing between the BSF and Pakistani rangers is still underway, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier on May 20, the BSF and Pakistan Rangers agreed to maintain peace on the international border in Jammu region, BSF sources said. “The two sides agreed to maintain peace on the international border and hold periodic meetings to ensure that civilian life and property remained safe on both sides,” a BSF officer said.

The BSF and Rangers officials spoke to one another over telephone, three days after four civilians and a BSF officer were killed in shelling and firing by the Pakistan Rangers in RS Pura, Arnia and Bishnah sectors. (Also Read: Pakistan Has no Respect Whatsoever For Ramzan: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on Ceasefire Violations Across LoC)

On May 18, five people, including four civilians and a BSF trooper, were killed and 10 others injured on Friday in Pakistani shelling and firing on the international border in Jammu district.

“Ten others, including an assistant sub-inspector of BSF, have been injured and they are being treated in hospital,” a police officer said.

On Friday, four terrorists were killed in the encounter that broke out between the security forces and militants in Handwara area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, a news agency ANI reported.

The Centre had on May 16 announced that security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, but they reserve the right to retaliate if attacked.