45-year-old woman killed in Pakistan shelling in Kashmir’s Mendhar sector

NEW DELHI: A civilian was killed in ceasefire violation and shelling by Pakistan early on Saturday morning in Mendhar sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonchdistrict, news agency ANI reported.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing from 0515 hours in Poonch sector. Indian Army retaliated strongly. Firing ceased at 0645 hours,” Army sources told ANI.
A 45-year-old woman lost her life in heavy shelling by Pakistani Rangers on civilian areas close to the LoC in Mendhar sector.
Meanwhile, terrorists attacked 41 Rashtriya Rifles Army headquarters in Kalaroos of Kupwara district late on Friday night. One soldier was injured in the attack. A search operation is currently underway to nab the terrorists.

The two armies have repeatedly exchanged heavy fire this summer along the winding LoC that has left many soldiers and civilians dead on both sides.

India had summoned Pakistan High Commission official Tariq Karim on August 9 and issued a demarche “lodging strong protest” over the death of an Indian soldier in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Krishna Ghati sector the previous day, terming it as “deplorable”.

Despite repeated calls for restraint and call to adhere to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity, Pakistan forces have carried out 301 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC this year, the Ministry of External Affairs said.


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