Baramulla: People living in villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Uri said on Thursday that an Indian fighter aircraft made a prominent arc in the sky that was seen over a large area, including by people living in Baramulla, Rafiabad and Kandi. The people said that it created fear and anxiety given the threat of war between India and Pakistan looming over the region.
Locals said that other Indian Air Force (IAF) jets were also seen in the sky mostly in the border areas of Baramulla and Kupwara on Thursday. They said that Indian fighter jets have been roaming the skies for the past two days over the border areas.
People living in villages along the LoC said they appeal to both India and Pakistan to stop hostilities.
“We the people of Uri living along the Line of Control have been badly affected due to cross-border firing for the past three decades, and now the fresh war-like situation has again forced us to wonder what we will do,” said Haji Abdul Rashid of Kamalkote village.
Noor Mohammad, a resident of Tilawari village, said, “For the past several years we are demanding underground bunkers for our safety but except for promises the government has provided nothing to us. We appeal to both the nations to start talks and solve the dispute of Kashmir or else give us lands at safer places so that we can shift our families there,”
Villages along the LoC in Uri include Tilawari, Churanda, Silikote, Balkote, Thajal, Sadpora, Garkote, Nambla, Sultan Daki, Kamalkote, Kandi Barjala, Dardkote, Hathlanga, Soura, Salambad, and many others. All of them are affected by cross-border firing along the LoC.
Meanwhile, the district administration directed police and other departments to stay vigilant and help people in any emergency.