Jammu: An army personnel was killed as Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed mortar shells at forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts on Monday in violation of a ceasefire agreement, officials said.

“At about 3.30 am on Monday, The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Krishnagati sector in Poonch district,” a defence spokesman said.

The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he said. Exchange of fire was going on when the reports last came in from the area, the spokesman said.

“Again at about 5.30 am, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector in Rajouri district,” he said.

Pakistan had been violating the ceasefire agreement three to four times a day in the past fortnight, officials said.

Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 800 times this year. 

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