76 miles from Srinagar, 42 from Muzaffarabad, and 49 from Poonch, Uri is a beautiful town situated on both sides of River Jehlum. It is a sub-division extending from Peeriniya to Gawalta and from Zainpora to Dulanja. Once Uri was a central place for Poonch, Muzaffarabad and Baramulla towns.
From 1947 till date Uri witnessed may ups and downs; wars, shelling and firing, surgical strike, and earthquake. During 1947 war Uri was divided into two parts, about half of Uri tehsil went under the control of Pakistan. Families were divided, and that separation continues. Thousands of such divided families cannot gather on the occasions of joy or grief.
The ceasefire agreement in 2003 between Indo-Pak governments, and opening up of Srinagar–Muzaffarabad road in 2005 were a big relief to the people of Uri. The residents of LoC village had a few years of peace, but after 10 years, trouble revisited and today we are, on a daily basis, facing shelling and firing in Hajipeer sector, Kamalkote Gawalta and Boniyar sector. Near about sixty villages of Uri division become a target. The villages like Nambla, Mothal, Soura, Hathlanga, Silkote, Balkote, Tulawari, Batgran, Churanda, Gowalan, Dardkote, Isham, Gowalta, Urosa, Dalanja, and Kamalkote face difficulties; they cannot even go for farming, and the schools remain impacted in these villages. For most of their time the villagers remain inside homes or in bunkers; till now dozens of locals have died in shelling, or by firing. In the border area there are a number of persons disabled by mines.
Pre-1947 Uri is said to be a tehsil of Muzaffarabad district. This tehsil was separated from Karnah, Muzaffarabad & Poonch by Qazi Nag, Neelkanth Duburdun hills and Hajipeer pass. Presently, Uri is a sub division of Baramulla district, comprising two tehsils, Uri and boniyar, and four rural development blocks – Uri, Boniyar, Paranpilla & Bijhama. As per the elders of the town, before 1947, Uri was a central place for Baramulla, Poonch, Muzaffarabad as Jhelum cart road was the main link from J&K to outside. The Punjabi & Kashmiri businessmen traveled to other parts of Hindustan through this link, Mughals, Sikh gurus and Sufi saints travelled on this road; the traces of this travel history remain in the area. During Afghan rule in Kashmir, 1753-1819, Uri was the main route connecting Srinagar with Kabul.