New Delhi, May 20: Amid ongoing cross-border firing at the International border in Jammu and Kashmir, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday said that the Pakistan Rangers pleaded with them to stop firing along the IB after being pounded with heavy artillery that also left a trooper dead across the border. From past three days, precision firing by the BSF on Pakistan’s firing locations has inflicted heavy losses on them. Also Read - NEET 2021: Indian Army Offers Free Coaching to Underprivileged Students in Srinagar

The border guarding force also released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB. (Pakistan) Rangers called up Jammu BSF formation today and beseeched to stop firing, a BSF spokesman said. Also Read - Arrival Of 'Sticky Bombs' Sets Off Alarm Bells In Jammu And Kashmir | All You Need To Know

“The befitting reply by BSF units to the unprovoked shelling and firing across the IB by Pakistani forces has forced them to plead for a ceasefire,” a senior official said. The BSF had lost two of its jawans in this latest round of unprovoked firing on the Jammu IB over the last few days. (ALSO READ: Pakistan Has no Respect Whatsoever For Ramzan: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on Ceasefire Violations Across LoC) Also Read - Join Indian Army 2021: Apply for Technical Graduate Course at joinindianarmy.nic.in, Check Details Here

Indian troops on Saturday had destroyed a Pakistan bunker across the international boundary. Reports say that the Indian forces have inflicted heavy damage on the Pakistani side following which Pak Rangers have called up Jammu BSF formation urging them to stop firing. The BSF has also released a video of the bunker that it has destroyed in retaliatory firing.

On May 18, four civilian and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan had lost their lives in separate incidents of ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kasmir. Two civilians were killed in the unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers in Arnia whereas, a BSF Jawan identified as Sitaram Upadhyay and two others civilian died in RS Pura Sector of the state during cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC). (Also Read: Slain BSF jawan’s family to get Rs 10 lakh from Jharkhand govt) (Also Read: Slain BSF jawan’s family to get Rs 10 lakh from Jharkhand govt)

Notably, the violation of ceasefire by Pakistan in Arnia and RS Pura Sector comes two days after India asked the security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan while accepting the proposal of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to halt security force operations during Amarnath Yatra and Ramzan.

Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a spurt in Pakistani shelling and firing along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year. Over 700 incidents of fire and shelling were reported, which left 38 people including 18 security personnel dead and scores injured.

(With agency inputs)