SPECIAL REPORT:Double whammy of Corona-Pak shelling hits J&K border residents

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SPECIAL REPORT:Double whammy of Corona-Pak shelling hits J&K border residents

“We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,”…….

By M.S. Nazki

20 May 2020

With the yarn of corona virus looming large on the country including J&K, the people of UT especially residing alongside the Line of Control (LoC) & International Border (IB) are facing double whammy of shelling across the border and Corona and sailing through like a situation of stuck between devil and deep blue sea. 


For the ultimate month, Pakistan has focused villages and navy posts alongside the LoC and IB in the union territory killing and injuring a number of persons including children and women besides damaging two dozen houses. 


While a few attempts have been made by using infiltrators in the few days to enter India alongside the LoC in Kupwara, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu area with Pakistani navy imparting cowl furnace to them but they killed the innocent. 
There is heightened concern in the villages below the three districts specifically after three civilians have been killed ultimate week in Kupwara due to shelling by way of Pakistan. 
“I was once significantly injured in the shelling by Pakistan… On the one hand we are struggling within our households to combat with the hazard of coronavirus and on the other hand, Pakistan has been shelling on us in our houses,” Arshad, a resident of village Kasba in Poonch district said. 
“We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,” he added. 


Corroborating his views, Balakote resident Shazia Naseem stated the villagers have entreated the administration to construct bunkers for them however their plea looks to have fallen on deaf ears. 
“We had demanded that bunkers be constructed so that we can protect our households from Pakistan shelling. We met district officers however nothing has been executed yet. Three shells hit our homes lately and we narrowly escaped,” she said. 
“We can nonetheless keep our households safe from corona virus through following all pointers however how do we shield ourselves from mortar shells?” requested Zarina who stated that her domestic life had been “totally damaged” due to shelling. 
However, a district officer stated the procedure of putting up bunkers alongside the LoC in all the border districts had been initiated again however the due to the coronavirus pandemic, work had to be stopped. 
“We will make certain that bunkers are constructed for our people dwelling alongside the LoC,” he said. 
Qari Rameez Raja, a social employee active in the border belt of Rajouri-Poonch stated civilians alongside the LoC and IB in Kupwara, Rajouri, Poonch, Samba and Kathua districts are a terrorised lot and in trouble. 


“The border scenario is very disturbing and alongside with people, lots of animals have been killed… We desire the shelling to stop. The coronavirus outbreak has solely brought to the woes of the people,” he said. 
Aslam Khan of Balakote village said: “We prefer to urge Pakistan and India to cease the shelling. We are war with COVID-19 pandemic. Let them permit us to stay in peace in this hour of crises.” 
The navy has been teaching the border residents about COVID-19 and presenting them masks and sanitizers aside from making sure quintessential meals resources throughout the lockdown era. 


“Army has come to our rescue with meals and different necessities whilst Pakistan is resorting to shelling and killing people,” Parwaiz Ahmed of Mankote village, which noticed heavy shelling ultimate week, said. 
For greater than a month now, Pakistan has resorted to shelling alongside the LoC in Tumina, Panzgam, Chowkibal, Rawathpora amongst others in Kupwara district, Uri zone in Baramulla district, Krini, Balakote, Mankote, Mendhar, Qasba amongst others in Poonch district, Laam, Nowshera, Sunderbandi, Manjakote in Rajouri district and Hiranagar, Samba, Ramgarh sectors alongside the IB in Samba and Kathua districts. 


Number of civilians along with some minors and female had been killed in the shelling from throughout the LoC in north Kashmir’s Keran and different sectors . 
The military personnel and as many infiltrating terrorists had been killed in a fierce gun fighting between the forces and a terrorist team that had infiltrated from throughout the Line of Control in Keran region of north Kashmir. 
There have been all of 6467 incidents of ceasefire violation alongside the IB and LoC between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence S .Naik had stated in March. 
More than 3,220 ceasefire violations with the aid of Pakistan troops had been recorded in 2019-20. There is 198 km IB and over 510 km of LoC with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.