Srinagar, July 17: A 6-year-old girl, Sajida Kafeel, has reportedly lost her life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. The unprovoked firing of heavy machine guns and mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops began in the morning. In yet another incident of ceasefire violation on Monday, an Indian Army jawan was martyred as Pakistan resorted to firing along LoC in Manjakote sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. The jawan has been identified as 37-year-old Naik Muddasar Ahmed. He hailed from Tral in Pulwama district.

As per reports, a woman has also been injured in the mortar shelling and heavy machine gun firing by the Pakistani side along LoC in Rajouri district. She has been admitted to the hospital. Noteworthy, the District Collector of Rajouri has ordered all the schools near LoC to remain shut until the situation eases down. While speaking to news agency ANI, he also informed that in total two civilians have been injured.

Meanwhile, DGMO level talks were held between India and Pakistan on Monday wherein, the Indian Army DGMO highlighted that all the ceasefire violations were initiated by Pakistan. He also said that the Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate appropriately while reiterating that it is sincere in maintaining peace and tranquility along LoC.

Earlier on July 15, a soldier was martyred after Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Manjakote area of Rajouri district. Reportedly, 35-year-old Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, from border district of Poonch in J&K, was hit during the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops.

Speaking to media, an Army Spokesperson said, “Pakistan Army has been violating the ceasefire on a regular basis. It has deliberately targeted civilian areas during these across the Line of Control firing incidents.” He added that the Indian Army has not suffered any casualty in the month of July in these unprovoked ceasefire violations.

In 2017, over 220 cases of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have been reported.