Funeral prayer of Chenab Rangers martyrs offered

December 31, 2014

Funeral prayer of Chenab Rangers martyrs offered

SIALKOT: The funeral prayer of two Chenab Rangers personnel, who were martyred by Indian Border Security Forces (IBSF) in Shakargarh sector of Sialkot Working Boundary, was offered here, Samaa reported.

The paramilitary soldiers were killed in cross-border firing with Indian troops near the eastern city of Lahore Wednesday, authorities said, spurring a “strong” protest from Islamabad.

 “Naik Riaz and Lance Naik Safdar were killed by Indian troops at Shakargarh sector of Narowal district when Indian border security forces started firing ahead of a flag ceremony,” a Chenab Rangers spokesman said.

He said the two soldiers were heading to participate in the flag ceremony when they were fired upon. They were rushed to a nearby military hospital but died on the way.

Pakistan's foreign office said it has protested the deaths to the Indian high commissioner in Islamabad.

“The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to lodge a strong protest on the unprovoked firing of the Indian troops in the Zafarwal Sector, resulting in the Shahadat (martyrdom) of two personnel of Pakistani Rangers,” said a foreign office statement.

“The Government of Pakistan strongly condemned the action of the BSF troops, which is in violation of the commitment by both sides to maintain ceasefire along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary,” the statement said.–SAMAA/Agencies