New Delhi: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday targeted several forward posts of the Indian Army and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) with artillery guns. Also Read - Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri, 2 Army Jawans Martyred

Intense shelling and firing from across the border was reported on Wednesday morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch sectors. Also Read - Day After Ceasefire Violation, Mehbooba Urges India, Pakistan to Initiate Dialogue For Peace at Border

“At about 10:30am, Pakistan continued its nefarious designs and third time in a day again initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by heavy shelling with artillery and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said. Also Read - Pakistan Violates Ceasefire Along LoC, IB in J&K’s Poonch, Kathua Districts

The shelling continued throughout the night in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, while it started in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in the early hours of Wednesday, officials told PTI.

Officials said the Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, and the exchange of heavy fire caused panic among the border residents.

No casualty has been reported so far.

In a shocking statistic,  four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured in over 60 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch last week.

Reportedly, there has been a hike in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after Indian Air Force carried out ‘pre-emptive air strike’ on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, and in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on February 26.

The air strikes came in response to the February 14 suicide bombing in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel. The attack was then owned by JeM.

With PTI inputs