A 17-year-old girl and a soldier were killed in fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Kashmir's Uri sector on Saturday evening.According to an army spokesman, the Pakistani troops fired at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri's Kamalkot area, resulting in the death of the girl.
"Unprovoked firing from Pakistani troops resulted in the death of Gulshan Bano of Kamalkot and a jawan in Uri sector," the army said.
"The ceasefire violation started at 5.15pm. The Pakistani firing drew appropriate retaliation from Indian soldiers," said a Srinagar-based army officer.
The Pakistani soldiers resorted to mortar shelling and fired with automatic weapons at forward posts in India. The Indian troops "effectively and appropriately" responded to the firing and shelling.
The ceasefire violation is significant as Jammu and Kashmir is headed for elections in five phases starting from November 25.
Eye on polls, snow
While Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire several times in October in the Jammu region, the border areas in Kashmir division remained relatively calm.
The violations, sources say, are being carried out to vitiate the poll atmosphere in the Kashmir Valley, or to push in militants before snow blocks the passes.
The violations in Jammu increased during Diwali along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts. More than 20,000 residents of 30 villages along the border in Jammu region have been shifted to safer locations.
The number of people killed in Pakistan's recent shelling on civilian areas in the Jammu region had gone up to seven, while the number of injured has shot up to 55.