Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling on the Indian forward positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) prompting the authorities to shut down the schools to avoid collateral damage in Rajouri district of Jammu division.District development commissioner, Rajouri, Dr Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said heavy shelling was reported in Kampla, Pukherni, Lam, Anwas Bhandar, Rattal Basali and other areas.”Heavy shelling reported in Lam sector of Nowshera. Measures being taken for the safety of people”, he tweeted.Also readJammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists neutralised, one teenager killed in Shopian encounterMore than 71 schools have been closed in these areas as a precautionary measure. “71 schools closed in wake of heavy shelling in Lam area of Nowshera”, he said.More than 14 people have been killed in the Pakistani shelling on Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) since January 17. More than 50 people have suffered injuries and 50,000 people have fled their homes in Jammu division. Also readJammu and Kashmir: Infrastructure development gets massive boost; funds for new bridges, tunnels, highways earmarkedOn Wednesday Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu said they are responding to any firing (from Pakistan) in a very professional manner. “We are very strong on the LoC and respond in a very professional manner and ensure that our aim is achieved. We do not let any infiltrators come in. We are very strong in that”, he said.The army commander noted that nearly 200 to 250 militants are waiting in the south of Pir Panjal and 200 and 250 are waiting in the north of Pir Panjal to infiltrate.“In altogether 500 odd militants are waiting to go. If these people infiltrate and get eliminated, you have more terrorists being sent to the camps and that number will keep getting filled. But what is important for us is not let any infiltration take place. We have to eliminate them at the border and that is what we are focusing on. We have taken large measures”, he said

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Pakistan army shells villages along LoC, schools closed