Army retaliated effectively and heavy exchanges are going on. Today is the eight day of continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan, which has resorted to firing and mortar shelling along the LoC in Poonch district since August 9.

Pakistani Army resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian villages in Poonch and Balakote sectors since this morning, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said. In the heavy mortar shelling, a woman identified as Nussarat Bi died in Behrote village in Balakote sector, a police officer said, adding that very heavy mortar shelling of 82 mm mortars is going on.

With her death, the the toll has gone up to six and five other are injured. Of the injured three injured are undergoing treatment in  Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital in Jammu and rest in Poonch.

There has been heavy firing and mortar shelling going on overnight in Hamirpur, Sujiyan, Mandi sectors along LoC in Poonch. "We are rushing to the areas to see how people can be evacuated from the shelling and firing zones", Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Nisar Ahmed said. "Heavy shelling is going on in the area", he said.

There have been 35 violations of the 2003 ceasefire accord in August till yesterday. On Independence Day yesterday, five civilians, including a sarpanch were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas.

The offensive on I-day came even as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent his greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying promoting friendly ties between the two neighbours was in mutual interest.
On August 14, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing of 60 mm and 82 mm mortar shells on forward posts and civilian areas along LoC in Mandi, Hamirpur and Saujiyan sectors.

Pakistani troops had also fired on forward posts along the LoC in Balakote belt with automatic, small arms and mortar bombs on the intervening night of August 13 and 14. On August 13, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing by small arms and automatic weapons on forward posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector of Poonch district, in which one jawan was injured.

There were four ceasefire violations in three sectors of Krishnagati, Bhimbhergali and Pallanwala in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts on the intervening night of August 12-13. Last month, there were 19 ceasefire violations in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

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