BSF Jawan killed on LoC in Kashmir, hours before Modi-Sharif meet


A BSF jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops on Line of Control in Baramulla sector of North Kashmir, reports PTI.

Sniper fire from Pakistan took place at Karam Post of Baramulla sector, where the jawan was on guard duty. He was shot through the eye.

This latest provocation by Pakistani troops comes hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modiis expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart in Russia.

Both leaders are meeting on Friday on the sidelines of  the summit of the Shanghai Coperation organisation on 10th of July.

Last week too, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire at the LoC soon after the news of Modi-Sharif meet were public.

Modi’s call to greet Sharif at the start of the Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan is what is believed to have broken the ice for Friday’s talks. However, this may not be seen as the start of a formal dialogue between the two countries.

Modi will be in Ufa from 8 to 10 July to attend BRICS and SCO Summits. Sharif is also expected to attend SCO Summit. Both India and Pakistan are Observers in the six-nation SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) which comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Both India and Pakistan released a number of fishermen from their respective jails as a good will gesture for Ramadan.

Modi, after becoming the prime minister in May 2014 had invited Sharif to his swearing in ceremony but had taken tough stand on the resumption of bilateral talks following the tension at the Indo-Pak border.

More recently, both the countries were involved in bitter war of words.

Pakistan passed an anti-India resolution after PM Modi’s indirect remarks regarding the former providing shelter to certain terror organizations and failing to curb cross-border terror and infiltration.

Modi’s critical remarks about Pakistan came during his Dhaka visit and in the wake of India’s military action in Myanmar.