Two girls were injured on Friday when Pakistani troops fired mortars in the civilian areas of Sawjian sector of Poonch. The Defence Ministry said the Indian Army retaliated heavily to the unprovoked Pak shelling near the Line of Control (LoC).

The injured girls have been identified as Tasveer Akhtar and Shabina Akhtar. They were wounded when the mortars fired by Pakistan troops hit the Chapprian village.

They were rushed to hospital for treatment.

Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said the Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation around 8.30 am by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Sawjian sector of Poonch district.

The Indian Army was retaliating and intermittent firing exchanges were going on at the time of writing.