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5-year-old girl killed by Pakistan Army during Ceasefire violation, Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate

A five-year-old girl and a soldier were killed in heavy Pakistan firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, forcing India to warn the neighbouring country it reserved the right to hit back.

A soldier and two civilians were also injured in the intense shelling on Indian posts and villages in Rajouri and Poonch districts, affecting around 5,000 people as authorities sounded an alert, asking residents to stay indoors, and closed at least 16 schools indefinitely.

Lt Gen AK Bhat, director general of military operations (DGMO), told his Pakistani counterpart that the Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate as all ceasefire violations were initiated by Pakistan.

The two DGMOs usually speak on Tuesdays but this unscheduled conversation took place on the request of the Pakistani side in face of increased ceasefire violations, sources said.

The soldier, identified as Naik Mudasir Ahmad of Duchoo village of Tral in Pulwama district, and the girl, Sajida Kafeel, daughter of Muhammad Kafeel, a resident of Barooti Dadiana of Rajouri district, died when they were hit by Pakistani shells.

The native of Tral in Pulwama in southern Kashmir is survived by his wife and two children. The army said the nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice.

Another JAKLI jawan, Naik Firdous, was severely injured in Poonch’s Balakote, sources said.

Five-year-old Saida Kafeel Kouser was killed when a shell landed on her house in Balakote.

Two Rajouri residents, Shah Begum, wife of Mohammed Sharief of Panjgrain and Sharief Ahmed were also injured in the shelling.

The Pakistani side started firing indiscriminately at around 7.30am, targeting the Bhimber Gali sector, defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said, adding the Indian side was retaliating strongly.

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