The Army is said to be retaliating strongly to the provocation from across the border.

In the third ceasefire violation over three days by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, two civilians including a 14-year-old girl were killed and 3 civilians along with 4 army men were injured on Saturday morning.

Reports said the Pakistan army opened firing at various places along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district inflicting many casualties. 120 mm and 80 mm mortar shells along with automatic weapons were used in the attack.

The deceased have been identified as Tufail Hussain, 50, and Afiya, 14.

“Heavy cross-border shelling started in border villages Khori, Dhanaka, Ganaih, Kalsian Bhawani, Sarya, Jhangar and Khamba at 7.30 am on Saturday,” said Rajouri deputy commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.

The Indian Army is said to be retaliating strongly and effectively to Pakistan’s provocation. Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, a defence ministry spokesperson, said, “Indian troops were retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on”.

Considering a series of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, all schools in Nowshera, Qila Darhal and Manjakote along the LoC have been closed for an indefinite period. The border areas are also witnessing migration to safer areas.

In the last one year Pakistani security forces have violated ceasefire 286 times killing 9 people as said by the government last month.  23 security personnel have been killed in ceasefire violations in 2015 and 2016.