Jammu, May 30: A day after the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan spoke on the issue of ceasefire violations, normalcy returned on both the international border and the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly 50,000 residents of border villages in Jammu, Samba, and Kathua districts had migrated out of their homes because of indiscriminate targeting of civilian and military facilities by Pakistan Rangers.
On Tuesday, both countries DGMOs have agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003. India and Pakistan had also agreed upon that in case of any issue, restraint will be exercised and the matter will be resolved through utilisation of existing mechanisms of hotline contacts and border flag meetings at local commander’s level.
The ceasefire violations had also spread to the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla and Kupwara districts of the state after the violations continued on the international border for nearly a fortnight. Reports from Pakistan-controlled areas also indicated that heavy losses in terms of military and civilian lives were suffered there in retaliatory action by the Indian troops. (ALSO READ: J&K: BSF Troops Destroy Pakistani Bunkers Along International Border; Release Video)
The life of people living at the borders is miserable. Villagers along the border in Jammu are not able to carry out agriculture activities for livelihood nor can they send their children study as schools have been shut down. For past two weeks, people are living in temples and schools to protect themselves from Pakistani bullets and mortar shells. (ALSO READ: Pak Rangers Pleaded to Stop Firing Across International Border: BSF)
As calm returned to both the LoC and the international border, authorities have decided to watch the situation for a few days before they order re-opening of schools and shifting back of the migrants. (Also Read: Pak Rangers Pleaded to Stop Firing Across International Border: BSF)
“Once bitten, twice shy. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that the ceasefire holds for thousands of residents on both sides of the border,” said Satpal, 49, a resident of R.S.Pura sector in Jammu district.
R.S.Pura sector suffered human losses, cattle heads, and damages to homes and crops during the last fortnight.
(With agency inputs)