AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Sept. 17, 2020, 9:18 a.m.
Jammu: Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on the line of control (LoC) on Thursday to violate the ceasefire in J&K's Poonch district.
"At about 6.45 a.m. on Thursday Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district. Indian Army retaliates befittingly," defence ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand said.
Pakistan has been violating the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed by the two countries in 1999 with impunity since the beginning of this year.
A total of 24 civilians have been killed and over 100 injured in more than 3186 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC since January this year.
Meanwhile, one unidentified terrorist has been killed in an ongoing encounter at Batamaloo in Srinagar on Thursday, officials said.
The firefight between terrorists and security forces took place after security forces laid a cordon and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area.
As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.
"One unidentified terrorist killed in an encounter at the Batamaloo area of Srinagar. The police and the CRPF are in search of other terrorists too," police said.