In a blatant security violation, Pakistan Army on Thursday has continued to target civilians along the Line of Control (LoC), this time killing an 18-year old Kashmiri youth in Kamalkote sector, Uri district in Jammu-Kashmir. Sources report that Pakistan Army has been committing ceasefire violations for the past 24 hours in the area. The Pakistan Army is reportedly targetting Indan Army posts as well as the civilian population. Sources report that mortar shells were used by the Pakistan Army in this unprovoked firings. Indian Army is retaliating to the firing.
Visuals of the Kashmiri youth's last rites are seen, where people have turned up in large numbers. Souces report that the youth was killed on Thursday afternoon as he was going about his daily routine. Sources further state that along with the death of the Kashmiri youth, another young civilian has been injured in the attack. Speaking to civilians in the area, sources state that civilians are terrified along the border for the past two months, as ceasefire violations have increased from the Pakistan Army. Civilians are allegedly not able to take their cattle out for grazing and students are unable to attend school fearing for their lives.
"In 1977, my mother was killed. In 1996, my aunt was killed. Now my nephew has been killed. This India-Pakistan's fight never ceases," says an aggreived relative. "They don't declare war before firing. Anytime mortar shells fall in the village. He (the victim) was a porter doing his job. We just heard about his death today," says another resident.
Earlier on September 8, sources reported that Pakistan is using Kashmiri civilians in Lam and Charhoi village in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a human shield against firing. Sources reported that PoK residents have been forcefully pushed out of their houses towards the LoC to allegedly create a security situation in the area. In a video accessed by Republic TV, PoK civilians are seen revolting against the Pakistan Army's move to put civilians in harm's way. This move by the Pakistani Army has already injured PoK civilians and put them between India and Pakistan's firing-counter firing, as per sources.
On September 8, Pakistan Army had continued shelling on the border areas in Kashmir's Nowshera, targetting civilians across the Line of Control (LoC). Previously, on September 1, Army personnel was martyred when the Pakistani Army targeted forward posts and villages in the Shahpur-Kerni sector. This raised the death toll in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri since July to eight -- six soldiers and two civilians. On March 7, following the Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan based terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Indian Army had warned Pakistan of 'dire consequences' after their Army targeted civilians across the LoC. There has been a rapid increase in ceasefire violations from the Pakistan side along the LoC for the past 2 years.