Undeterred by the expected ‘revengeful’ retaliation from Pakistan, the residents of forward border areas expressed great joy over the Wednesday’s Surgical Strike across LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (Ghulam Kashmir).
Defiant to the call of evacuation, the residents of border villages said that they are living under constant fear since ages, as Pakistan never respected the ceasefire agreement.
“We are living under sheer fear since long time, but today we are happy that India has given befitting reply to the terrorism brewing country-Pakistan,” said Sarpanch of Suchetgarh village, adding that though the fear of being targeted is high among villagers, but still many villagers preferred to stay back to support security forces. There are over 300 families in this area and over 50 percent families have moved to safer places, but many preferred to stay back, as this will boost the morale of the security forces.
The Sarpanch said that since past many decades, the Pakistani Army has created fear psychosis among the residents, due to which people were awry of firing shots. “But from today we are proud of our army as they have given befitting reply to the terrorism infested country,” added Sarpanch.
However, score of residents of Korotana said that with escalation of tension in the backdrop of ‘surgical strikes’ by Indian army on militant launching pads across LoC, administration has asked them to move to safer places.
“The district administration has asked us to move to safer places, but we cannot leave our homes and livestock at the mercy of god,” said one of the female resident of the area, adding “At present many families have left their homes and villagers are instructed to keep lights off during night hours.”
Expressing concern over the intermittent disturbances on borders, the students of the area said that due to prolonged war hysteria, they are deprived of education, as they cannot concentrate on studies. “We want to study, but prevailing situation is not letting it happen. Our school is located along the LoC, due to which minor ceasefire violations resort administration to shut schools, which affects our education,” said Sheetal, a class 7th student of Suchetgarh. She, however, requested the administration to shift school to some safer place, so that education shall not get affected.
Meanwhile, a group of people moving to safer places said that the district administration informed them that the situation on borders is tensed and anything could happen next.
“Most of the families in this area have moved to safer places, especially to their relatives,” said one of the villagers, adding that the families moving to safe places have carried only precious items, while as rest of the important things are left at the mercy of god.
“We have our livestock at the mercy of god and the ironical part is that the government is not paying proper compensation to the losses,” he said.
However, taking dig at the administration for employing policies from cozy rooms, the villagers said that recently, the government proposed to construct concrete bunkers, but the bunkers constructed are not fit for human accommodation.
“These bunkers are not fit for human accommodation. The administration should take common people in confidence before employing any policy,” said locals.