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UN observers visit Sialkot Working Boundary

Updated Nov 03, 2016 09:45am


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SIALKOT: Guns fell silent on the Working Boundary for the first time in 15 days on Wednesday as observers from the United Nations Kashmir mission visited villages in Sialkot that have taken the brunt of shelling by India’s Border Security Force.

Sialkot District Coordination Officer (DCO) Dr Asif Tufail told Dawn that all government and private schools remained closed for the 13th consecutive day in villages along the border due to unprovoked mortar shelling by India.

A group of Sialkot-based lawyers also visited the border villages in the Sucheetgarh sector during the day.

The UN observes met people affected by Indian shelling in border villages of Chaprar, Rangpur Jattan, Salehpur, Thathi, Jhumiyaan, Kundanpur and Sucheetgarh.

They sought details from them about the recent spells of unprovoked mortar shelling on their villages.

“We are investigating the situation and collecting evidence,” the UN officials said.

The villagers informed the observers that a number of houses had been destroyed as Indian forces resorted to indiscriminate shelling.

The Punjab Rangers briefed the UN observers about the BSF bombardment.

At least eight civilians have so far lost their lives and over 50 have been injured in shelling by the Indian forces since January.

Published in Dawn November 3rd, 2016


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Comments (5) Closed

Bashir kashmiri Nov 03, 2016 10:57am

Why pakistan depends so much on others? Cant it do anything on its own? This is the reason why it has failed , first they allowed us to intervene , result is well known. Now chineeses . is pakistan not aware that un is occupied 80% by us

Shahid Nov 03, 2016 01:23pm

I think its the right thing to do to expose Indian lies. Since we are not the aggressor therefore we have nothing to hide. Try asking India to allow UN observers to visit LOC or working boundary

Zakir hussain Nov 03, 2016 07:24pm

Very good news that as soon as UN observers visited boundary , the firing stopped and it might be good that these UN observers stay there for 365 days so that it remains peacefull

Alba Nov 03, 2016 11:39pm

So.... Pakistan's ambassador to the UN and Nawaz Sharif's visit did some good.

Alba Nov 03, 2016 11:47pm

@Zakir hussain .... One year is good but there will still be an eternity of unrest.