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Ceasefire violation from Uri to Rajouri
11/15/2019 11:18:54 PM

Pakistani troops often violate ceasefire agreement from across the LoC in different sectors right from Uri to Rajouri. Their target is civilian houses and forward posts of India troops. With the troops of India and Pakistan engaged in cross Line of Control (LoC) firing, the inhabitants of many villages located near LoC are being forced to leave everything behind and move. As the two un-decided countries, India and Pakistan, go on a shelling and firing spree again, people living near the sites of action have a lot to worry about. It is no surprise that many a times, shells, bombs and other ammunition lands on their habitations, devastating their lives with loss of loved ones and/or damaging property, livestock.
In circumstances, such as the ongoing one, it is but common sense that people living along the LoC vacate their villages. There is no system or infrastructure in place that would ensure a smooth relocation of these unfortunate people in times of flaunt of this belligerence. Dozens of families have got internally displaced due to repeated ceasefire violations in various sectors or regions near the Line of Control as well as near International Border. It does not make sense as what the troops on either side achieve by the heavy shelling that causes more damage to the people living on both sides. One would think in terms of military objectives, but the sense fails as nothing but aggression gets highlighted by these skirmishes.
Optimists would argue that the confrontations are short-lived phases and shift the entire blame on the "other" side who 'did it first. India claims that its troops retaliate firmly but the ferocity of retaliation is weak enough to force Pakistani gunners to remain silent.'. But these villagers have much more to endure and be petrified of. According to rough estimates (because serious estimates are never carried out for these parameters which are thought to be best pushed under carpet), some 3000 people have been affected by landmines and shells in the past two decades.
It is barbaric that the victims are usually innocent children who fiddle with the queer shiny metal in their play areas - fields and pastures, which turn out to be landmines and improvised devices. Every year, the playful poke into the scrap lying around proves to be the last act for scores of children; a greater number survive with the painful memories and missing limbs and organs. As the debate for compensation for victims of sexual violence is getting louder, it needs to be considered how little children who are left to struggle on a limb or two less can be compensated. The two countries may present their development indices proudly in pin-stripes and polished halls of international comment organizations, but the wound that their policies are inflicting on innocent Kashmiri lives needs an international forum for display which invites displeasure from the super powers.
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