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Pakistan resorts to ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch critically injuring civilian

The unprovoked violation of ceasefire took place in Mankot area of the district. 

Pakistan resorts to ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch critically injuring civilian

At least one civilian was critically injured on Saturday evening when Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violation in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The unprovoked violation of ceasefire took place in Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors of the district at around 8 pm.

Mohammad Mushtaq was hit by splinters of a mortar shell which exploded near his house at Narala village in Mankote sector, news agency PTI reported quoting officials. They said the critically injured civilian was rushed to a hospital.

Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling. The Indian Army retaliated befittingly and the cross-border firing between the two sides was still continuing intermittently, said PTI.

Earlier on Friday, Pakistan had violated ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector also in Poonch district. The Defence Ministry had said that an exchange of heavy fire took place between Indian and Pakistani soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch.

"Around 7.30 am, Pakistan initiated the attack violating the ceasefire agreement. There was unprovoked attack launched by the Pakistani soldiers in Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors," Ministry spokesperson Lt. Col. Devender Anand had said.

Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and also used small firearms to target Indian positions. The Indian Army retaliated effectively, he added.

Seven persons including three soldiers were killed in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch since India's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.