Kashmir: residents attempt to cut LoC fence to cross over, seeking food from Pakistan

“We don’t think we will survive on the ration we get as per the food law. So, we thought that moving to Pakistan will save us,” the residents said.

By: Jalaluddin Mughal

Residents in Karnah area of district Kupwara on Wednesday attempted to cross over the Line of Contorol(LoC)—a defective border dividing Himalayan state of  Kashmir between India and Pakistan—by  cutting the barbed fencing, seeking ration from Pakistan administrated Kashmir (PaK).

The residents of frontier district area held protests against the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Indian administered Kashmir (IaK).

Residents in Amruhi, Sadpora and Teetwal tried to cut the fence to crossover for food grains.

“We want to go to Pakistan because the government by implementing the food law is starving us. Where from will be bring rice and atta for our meals. This is a mountainous area and paddy is not grown here. If our ration is scaled down, we will starve,” the residents said.

Asked why they wanted to cut the fence and cross over, the agitated residents said the local government and the Government in New Delhi led by PM Narendra Modi has cut short their meals.

“We don’t think we will survive on the ration we get as per the food law. So, we thought that moving to Pakistan will save us,” the residents said.

The protests in the region are continuing since Monday against the food law. On Monday the residents had reached the banks of Neelam River and shouted towards people in Chilhana, Hatiyan in Muzaffarabad across the LoC.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharief was in Muzaffarabad—the PaK capital—to inaugurate Prime Minister’s National Health Program (PMNHP) but he didn’t say a word about situation in IaK. So far, the Government of PaK haven’t shown any reaction too.

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