In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistan on Monday resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote region of the Poonch district and Manjakote in Rajouri, reported ANI. Pakistani troop fired indiscriminately at Indian Army posts along the LoC. The Army retaliated strongly to Pakistan’s unprovoked firing. One girl and a soldier were killed during the attack as Pakistani troops shelled and fired along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the state police said. The girl, identified as Saida of Balakote in Poonch district, died when she was hit by a Pakistani shell and the soldier was killed in Rajouri district’s Tarkundi area, but no further details are available on the same. After resorting to unprovoked shelling and firing in Bhimber Gali sector of the Line of Control earlier today, the Pakistani troops began heavy shelling and firing in Mendhar and Balakote sectors, reported IANS.
Defence Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said that the firing exchanges are still ongoing. The Indian Army was retaliating strongly and effectively, he added.
This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Rajouri sector over the past 24 hours. On Sunday, a soldier was killed in unprovoked firing and mortar shelling by the Pakistani army on Indian troop post, said a defence spokesperson. Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, 35-year-old from border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, was hit during the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops on the Indian forward posts, the spokesman told PTI.
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“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector at around 1330 hours today. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” he added.