Army cites ‘security decision’ to bar PaK youth from meeting grandmother in Poonch

The army on Thursday cited a decision taken at a security conference last year for not allowing 21-year-old youth from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) who legally crossed over the Line of Control in Chakan-da-BaghPoonch on January 28 to meet his grandmother and his other relatives in this frontier district.
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The army on Thursday cited a decision taken at a security conference last year for not allowing 21-year-old youth from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) who legally crossed over the Line of Control in Chakan-da-BaghPoonch on January 28 to meet his grandmother and his other relatives in this frontier district. 

The army has written a letter to Deputy Commissioner Poonch giving reference of the minutes of the security conference held last year, Lt Col DevinderAnand, Jammu-based defense spokesman, was quoted as having said by news agency GNS.

"The army has also requested that the individual will be facilitated to meet his family members on this side of the fence whenever he desires but across the fence they (Deputy Commissioner) should reconsider the permission," he said. 

Kamran Aftab, 21-year-old resident of Bandi in Kotli district Kotli of PaK travelled on the peace bus on Monday to meet his relatives, including his grandmother, who live in GalotaBehrote village, located ahead of LoC fence on this side manned by the Indian army. To reach there, one has to cross gates manned by the army. 

On reaching Poonch, Aftab said he moved towards Mendhar in order to meet his grandmother and relatives Mohammad Mahroof son of Faqir Mohammad living in GalotaBehrote.

"I reached the army gate so that I can move towards the village where my grandmother and uncle are living but army disallowed me," he said, adding that he then went to Police Post Balakote along with some local residents and also visited the office of deputy commissioner Poonch and informed him about the matter.

The officer, in turn, wrote a letter to army authorities, asking them to permit Aftab to travel across to meet the grandmother and other relatives. 

However, the army authorities again barred him to cross the gates despite the letter of permission by the Deputy Commissioner.

"I am presently living in the house of one of my relatives here and wish to go to GalotaBehrote village where my grandmother and uncle's family is living," he said.

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