February 2018 News

Families Flee Uri Over Security Concerns After Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan

22 February 2018
India Today
Ashraf Wani

Srinagar: Dozens of families from villages near Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector, Jammu and Kashmir have been fleeing to save their lives. Women, children and elderly persons have hit the streets alleging that the government has been inefficient in handling ceasefire violations by Pakistan since 2003. 'There are no safety bunkers for us. We have left everything back in our village and fled to save our lives,' said one of the villagers Mohammed Maqbool in Uri. After hundreds of ceasefire violations by Pakistan and unprovoked firing in the Jammu region, Pakistan has opened up a new front at North Kashmir in the last two years. Ceasefire was violated by Pakistan in Tanghdar on Tuesday and then it escalated towards Uri sector of Baramulla district on Wednesday. On Thursday, Pakistan targeted Churkunda, Hajipeer and Kamalkot villages on the LoC damaging three houses. No arrangement is in place for the migrating families so far.