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Pakistan again violates ceasefire along LoC in J-K's Rajouri

JAMMU: Pakistani troops on Saturday again violated ceasefire alongside the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting robust and efficient retaliation via the Indian military, a defence spokesman mentioned.

The shelling from across the border started in Nowshera sector round 12.30 pm, ending over 12-hour-long lull within the border skirmishes which intensified after India's pre-emptive strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed's terror camps at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on Tuesday.

A tender lady and her two youngsters were killed and several other others, together with two Army personnel, were injured in heavy shelling alongside the LoC in lower Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district Friday night, elevating the loss of life toll within the alternate of firing on the Indian side to four.

"Pakistan continues with nefarious designs and at about 1230 hours, again initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Nowshera sector," the spokesman mentioned.

"The Indian army is retaliating strongly and effectively," he mentioned, adding that there used to be no record of any casualty on Indian side in the most recent round of firing.

Meanwhile, all instructional institutions inside 5 kilometre radius of the LoC remained closed for the fifth day on Saturday as a precautionary measure, officers mentioned.

They mentioned the Indian forces are on prime alert and retaining a detailed vigil alongside the LoC and the International Border (IB).

A police legitimate mentioned the shelling from across the border stopped round 11 pm on Friday after intense firing which left 24-year-old Rubana Kosar, her five-year-old son Fazan and nine-month-old daughter Shabnam dead and her husband Mohammad Younis injured in Salotri village of Poonch district.

"The panic-stricken border residents in some worst-hit villages fled to safer places. There was no report of mass migration and people are staying back at their homes although the district administration had made necessary arrangements in case people are forced to flee their homes," the legitimate mentioned.

Poonch deputy commissioner Rahul Yadav mentioned the health institutions are open and working round the clock to meet any eventuality.

"All ambulances have been mobilised and moved to the areas close to the LoC with special teams to help people in need," he mentioned.

The Pakistan military has violated the ceasefire for over 60 occasions throughout the remaining one week via focused on over 70 civilian and ahead spaces alongside the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri, Jammu and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir, also leaving nine persons, together with some military personnel, injured.

Amid prime tensions alongside the LoC, Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh accompanied via White Knight Corps Commander Lt General Paramjit Singh visited ahead posts in Rajouri sector to check the operational preparedness on Thursday.

The year 2018 had witnessed the perfect choice of ceasefire violation - 2,936 - via Pakistani troops, within the remaining 15 years.

Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire settlement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact throughout flag meetings between the 2 facets.

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