Poonch: Mere hours after Pakistan handed over, albeit delayed, captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to India, a woman and her two children were killed in heavy overnight shelling on Saturday.
Officials said Pakistan troops used heavy guns including Howitzer 105 mm to target civilian areas in Poonch. It has also identified places where border villagers would be shifted in case of further escalation.
Panic gripped the border areas and some locals have left their homes and moved to safer areas, multiple reports said.
Islamabad, Mar 2: Pakistan Army said Saturday that two of its soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces near the Line of Control.
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The villages along the LoC in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts were witnessing shelling by Pakistan troops.
The Pakistani army violated ceasefire even as India conducted a major preemptive strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp early Tuesday to prevent suicide attacks being planned by the Pakistan-based terror group, killing a large number of terrorists and trainers.
Among the five soldiers, who suffered injuries, two of them were evacuated to the Military Hospital for medical treatment. Pakistan Rangers had allegedly violated ceasefire in Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors in Rajouri on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan army is said to have deployed tanks along the LoC and the worldwide border.
India and Pakistan are amidst their biggest standoff in many years, with the United States and other global powers mediating to de-escalate tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbouring countries.
The official said the Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistani action in an equal measure.