Nowshera: Pakistan violated ceasefire in the Nowshera and Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening, hours after Indian Air Force (IAF) combat jets dismantled Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in a pre-dawn strike. At least five soldiers got injured in the Akhnoor sector.

The Pakistan Army used heavy weaponry, firing 120 mm mortars targeting some 55 civilian hamlets and forward posts in Krishna Gati, Balakote, Khari Karmara, Mankote, Tarkundi in Poonch district, Kalal, Baba Khori, Kalsian, Laam and Jhangar areas in Rajouri and Pallanwala and Laleali in Jammu.

This is the fourth consecutive shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC). There was no report of any casualty, officials said. The Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling in the forward areas along LoC in Nowshera late Monday evening as well, inviting strong retaliation from the Indian forces, they said.

The Pakistan army resorted to firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts for the last seven days. On Monday evening, Pakistan had launched unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms along the LoC in the Nowshera sector.

It had violated the ceasefire agreement in the same sector on Sunday as well by shelling with mortars and firing small arms. The Indian Air Force in the wee hours of Tuesday mounted an offensive on terror hideouts of Jaish terrorists in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti areas of PoK.

The strike carried out by 12 IAF Mirage 2000 jets dropped six 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs in all hideouts and killed as many as 300 terrorists, initial reports suggest. “This was an intelligence-based counter-terror strike not a military action for sake of war. Have demolished entire terror set up in the suicide bombing training centre in Balakot, and over 300 terrorists were eliminated in the covert operation by Indian Air Force,” ANI quoted sources as saying.