Edition: English | 中文简体 | 中文繁体 Монгол
Homepage > World Video

Border residents fear continued standoff between India, Pakistan

Reporter: Ravinder Bawa 丨 CCTV.com

10-01-2016 15:25 BJT

80 civilians have been killed by unrest in the disputed Kashmir region since July. Two Pakistan soldiers were also reportedly killed in a cross-border skirmish with India this week. As a result, local residents were told to withdraw ten kilometers from the frontier.

Memories have come back to haunt Bibi living in Jeora village on the India- Pakistan border. She lost her husband and her son in cross -border firing three years ago. As she continues to grieve the loss, the fear of living on the line of control, or LOC, is agonizing her.

"It is very scary what we have to do, we have to leave our homes and sleep hungry. My kids are small and they feel very scared. One of my children had fever because of the fear," she said.

Like Bibi, the villagers of Jeora have been living in the shadow of death for about forty years. Another resident, Hashimuddin has survived light to heavy firing from across the border but he believes that war is better than living a life in the fear of death.

"We have been running from the border since 1965. There should be a peaceful solution, but even better would be a war because once and for all this issue would be settled and those who are left behind will have a peaceful life," he said.

After an advisory was issued by the administration, people in the border states have started fleeing to safer havens. Temporary shelters with basic facilities have been set up for the migrants to stay. But leaving their homes and livestock behind has been a tough decision.

"It is very difficult to leave behind the source of our livelihood. We left behind about four to five thousand cattle, horses, goats.... all have been left behind. Some will die due to shelling and some will die due to hunger, they are very expensive," Abdulia resident Zulfikar Ali said.

Business has come to a halt. Schools have been closed near the border areas. And the future of the families living on the LOC is uncertain.

Follow us on

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Instagram

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Wechat