JAMMU, Sept 18: A woman was injured as Pakistani troops engaged in heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district in violation of a ceasefire agreement for the second consecutive day today.
Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the cross-border firing, they added.
“At about 1630 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector,” a Defence spokesman said.
In the firing and shelling by Pakistan army personnel, a woman of Balakote was injured and had to be hospitalised, official sources said. Three animals were also injured in the cross-border fire.
Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire agreement 31 times so far this month.
On Thursday, an Indian Army jawan was injured in Pakistani firing in the Balakote sector.
Meanwhile, four unexploded live mortar shells fired by Pakistan army during the ceasefire violation along the LoC in Poonch district were detected and destroyed by the Army today.
On the information provided by the villagers about unexploded mortar shells fired by Pakistan targeting Balakote hamlet along the LoC yesterday, a bomb disposal squad team rushed to the area, they said.
The team detected and destroyed the shells in the operation, preventing any loss of life and damage to property in the area, they added.