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Press for Peace condemns Indian shelling and targeting of civilians in Neelum Valley

posted Dec 31, 2018, 1:17 PM by PFP Admin   [ updated Dec 31, 2018, 1:45 PM ]

Muzaffarabad , 31st December 2018 : Press for Peace- a Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) based peace organization has condemned the incident of cross-border shelling and targeting of civilians across the restive Line-of-Control (LoC) in Neelum Valley of Jammu and Kashmir. A woman was killed and several other people, including two police constables and a minor were injured on Monday as Indian forces resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling on villagers from border posts. The target of ammunition was Athmuqam, the district headquarters of the picturesque Neelum Valley, located some 80 kilometres northeast of Muzaffarabad.

The Press for Peace (PFP) has called for an immediate cessation of incidents of cross-border shelling in the heavily-militarised region. The Neelum Valley is comparatively a quiet and non-violent area along the LoC, where such incidents of violence rarely happen. While the border villages on Indian side of the LoC are known as bot-bed of violence, the Neelum Valley is famed for its natural beauty as a place of tourist attraction. 

According to media reports, the civilian life was on halt for several hours of the day as local people including hundreds of school children remained stranded inside their houses and school buildings and trade could not continue for the rest of the day. There was an atmosphere of fear and anger as local journalists made frantic calls to mainstream Pakistani and international media organisations to describe the alarming situation. The Line of Control (LoC) is a military-controlled de-facto border on Indian and Pakistani side of the divided state. The villages along the LoC face the brunt of heavy cross-border shelling between the rival troops from India and Pakistan.