Poonch village says ‘peace or war’ after 5 of family killed

The father of the family didn’t have a permanent source of income to feed his family and he had mostly relied on the income that came from helping the Indian army with carrying supplies to distant posts in the area.

JAVED IQBAL
Mendhar, Publish Date: Mar 19 2018 12:06AM | Updated Date: Mar 19 2018 1:50AM
Poonch village says ‘peace or war’ after 5 of family killedGK Photo

In a small shack that the Chowdharys called their home, life had always been tinged with both hope and despair. The hope that they would beat all odds to live and thrive and the despair that next moment would bring tragedy and finish life as they had known it. 

When the first rays of the sun shone this morning on the Devta village of Mendhar, Mohammad RamzanChowdhary and his wife had just sat for breakfast with their three sons and two daughters in their mud shack. In an instant the silence of the quiet village that sits at a little distance from the volatile Line of Control was replaced by the rumble of heavy explosions. The two armies, after a brief period of peace, had again turned to their guns to inflict pain and agony not only on themselves but the hapless civilians on either side of the border.

A bomb fell on the shack of the Chowdharys, killing the parents and their three sons instantly and leaving their two young daughters lacerated with shrapnel wounds from the exploding bomb.

While the village was shaking with the sound of heavy explosions, the cries of two young girls were heard by their neighbors who, risking their lives, made a dash towards the house and took the girls to the nearby hospital. “Only these two small daughters of the family are left behind and it's a major tragedy for not only this family but for the entire area ' said Majid Chowdhary, a close relative of the family.

The death of five members of a family has left the village in a state of shock and deep resentment at the way the village has borne the brunt of cross-border shelling between the armies of India and Pakistan. “Stop this daily fire and either go for peace or go for war. The people living on the border are going through war-like situation on daily basis,” said Chowdhary.

The father of the family didn’t have a permanent source of income to feed his family and he had mostly relied on the income that came from helping the Indian army with carrying supplies to distant posts in the area. 

The heavy fire traded by the two armies went on for some time and spread to many areas along the Line of Control. According to an official account four to five army personnel were wounded in the exchange of fire.

 

x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine