Srinagar, July 18: Pakistan, for the second time in 24 hours, has yet again violated ceasefire in Balakote sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. As per latest reports, heavy firing and mortar shelling is currently underway on forward posts of Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC). Meanwhile, India is retaliating strongly to the unprovoked firing by the Pakistani side which was initiated at 6.45 am on Tuesday. This is the third incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir in last one day.

Earlier on Monday, a six-year-old girl was killed as Pakistan resorted to intermittent firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector in Mendhar area of Poonch district. The minor was identified as Sajida Kafeel. In yet another incident on Monday, an Indian Army jawan was martyred while retaliating to the firing by Pakistan in Manjakote sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. As per reports, a woman was also injured in the mortar shelling and heavy machine gun by Pakistan in Manjakote.

After the situation turned tensed on Monday, the District Collector of Rajouri had 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 on Monday, the DGMO level talks were held between India and Pakistan 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.

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, who belonged to the border district of Poonch in J&K, was hit during the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops.