For India And Pakistan it is War Games, For The People Along The LOC Their Lives
A man inspects his house, damaged by cross-border fire, in Arnia sector, in Jammu, India.
NEW DELHI: As India and Pakistan continue to exchange fire along the Line of Control, over 20 civilians have lost their lives and several thousand have fled their homes. There seems to be no respite in sight, as both sides continue to blame the other for “unprovoked firing.”
Kashmir, wracked by years of insurgency, is no stranger to outbreaks of violence, but most villagers along the 190 km border do not recall being caught in the middle of such prolonged and intense shelling. With relations between India and Pakistan taking a dip, those caught in the cross-fire grapple with the possibility that military exchanges between the two countries may become a more routine feature in their lives.
A man examines a broken window in a house where two family members were killed by the cross fire at Chilayari village in Samba district, Jammu. Photo credit AFP, via Dawn News.
Women in a trailer leaving Chilayari village in Samba district, Jammu. Photo credit AFP, via Dawn News.
Women examining the damage caused by the cross border exchange in Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot, Punjab. Photo credit AFP, via Dawn News.
Villagers in India examining a house damaged by cross-border fire. Photo credit AP, via VoA.
Helping a child reportedly injured in the cross-border exchange in Jammu. Photo credit AFP, via Dawn News.
A man looks at one of the houses damaged in firing between India and Pakistan at the border area of Treava village in Arnia sector, Jammu. Photo credit AFP, via Stripes.
Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik sand sculpture commenting on the cross-border firing between India and Pakistan. Photo credit AFP.