10 civilians from PoK try to enter from LoC in Nowshera27 August 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Ten civilians from Pakistan occupied Kashmir including two men, three women and five children today wanted to cross the Line of Control (LoC) from forward area of Lam in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. It was after more than three hours of conversation with the Army that they agreed to return. Official sources said troops on this side observed movement of 10 civilians marching towards the LoC in forward area of Lam in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district at 9 am today. As the civilians included women and children, the troops didnít open firing and allowed them to reach up to the LoC. The Army officials spoke to the male members of the civilians including 60 year old Mohammad Ayub and 30 year old Abdul Qayoom, who described themselves as residents of village Lehran in PoK. The civilians said they actually hailed from village Pukharni in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district but had been lured away to PoK by some persons on the ground that they would get good jobs, houses and other working conditions there. However, they said, they got nothing and were forced to live there in extreme conditions of poverty. The civilians told the Army officials that they wanted to return to their houses at Pukharni. They said the persons, who had lured them into PoK, were untraced. Sources said the Army officials apprised the male members that they canít be allowed to return to their houses from the LoC. They were advised to follow the proper procedure by writing to the Indian Embassy or take Chakan-Da-Bagh cross LoC point. However, the civilians insisted that they wanted to return to their houses in Pukharni as they were feeling suffocated in PoK, where they have nothing to earn or live. The civilians even sat on the LoC till 12 noon demanding that their request for return should be conveyed to the Government. It was only after assurances from the Army authorities and their tactful handling of the situation that the civilians agreed to return to PoK. Before returning, they handed over a list of their names to the Army. Besides Mohammad Ayub and Abdul Qayoom, other civilians included Zahida Bi, 45, two young girls, Nausheen and Sabeena and five children, Ribid, Mohammad Razzaq, Aiza, Mohammad Rezwan and Sajib. Sources said the troops, who had been facing infiltration attempts and ceasefire violations from Pakistan side almost regularly for the past few days in Poonch and Rajouri districts, had to face a unique kind of situation on the LoC today from the civilians.