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Pak ceasefire violation continues in Poonch; woman killed, 3 jawans injured

SNS | New Delhi |

A woman was killed and at least three Indian Army personnel were injured as Pakistani Army continued firing and shelling in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch districts in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Pakistani forces violated ceasefire at around 4.20 pm on Thursday, 8 February, in the area along the LoC. Intermittent firing has been going on since last night. Indian security forces have been retaliating strongly and effectively.

A 45-year-old woman from Balnoie in the KG sector died when mortar shells from across the border fell on the hamlet.

Expressing her grief on the woman’s death on Thursday, J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for opening of dialogue to prevent ceasefire violations.

 

 

Thursday’s violation is the third by Pakistan since Sunday.

On 6 February, the Pakistani forces had fired mortar shells in Tarkundi and Manjakote blocks in Bhimber Gali sector in Rajouri district. Indian forces retaliated in equal measure to the unprovoked shelling and firing from the Pakistani side.

Pakistani forces used small arms, automatics and mortars to target defence and civilian facilities.

On Sunday, Pakistan Army had targeted an Indian Army post in the same sector, killing four soldiers including Captain Kapil Kundu.

The death of the woman takes the toll to 19 people since 1 January this year. The number includes 9 civilians. Over 75 people have been injured in Pak shelling this year.

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire agreement with India 834 times on the international border and the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in three years, killing 97 persons and injuring 383 others, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had told the J-K Assembly on Monday.