SIALKOT-Indian shelling victims protested against the government for leaving them at the mercy of winter, rain and starvation at the so-called emergency relief centres.

They staged a protest demonstration at the relief centre Chobara (Charwah sector) during rain. They said that they were hungry and waiting for food and other things necessary for the humans and the cattle head.

They said, "First, we faced the unprovoked mortar shelling and now are facing very harsh weather.” They added, "Indian shells killed us in Sialkot border villages and here the harsh weather, rain, unavailability of basic facilities, food and fodder are making our lives hard."

The Indian shelling victims complained that the emergency relief centres lack even the basic needs such as food, medicines and fodder for their cattle head. Thus, they preferred remaining away from the seven emergency relief centres established for them by the district administration after and during the ongoing mortar shelling on the Sialkot border villages by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF).

Most of the affected people of Phookaliyaan-Bajwat, Chaprar, Sucheetgarh, Harpal, Bajra Garhi, Charwah and Zafarwal-Shakargarh Sectors of Sialkot Working Boundary have already shifted to the safer places with their cattle in Sialkot city and in its surroundings due to the four-day Indian shelling.

Several people Ch Allah Rakha, Ghulam Rasul, Khalid Mehmood, Bashir Ahmed, Iqbal, Ghulam Hussain, Nazir Ahmed, Sakeena Bibi, Parveen Bibi, Saleema Bibi, Kausar Bib and Sumaira Raza complained that the emergency relief centres lacked the basic facilities. They said that there were no proper arrangements for them to sleep in the cold weather and have food.

They said that the district administration had established those emergency relief centres at the narrowed places, as these small spaces were unable to accommodate such a big number of the people and their cattle. They said that due to these unavoidable circumstances, they were not living at there.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Farrukh Naveed said that the administration had established seven emergency relief centres (three in Bajwat-Charpar Sector and four in Charwah-Kingra and Harpal sectors) for facilitating the Indian people. He DC said that the district administration was providing all the basic facilities including food and medicines for the people, fodder and medicines for their cattle.

He added that affected people were getting all the facilities including food, fodder and medicines at relief centres. They were preferably staying with their relatives in Sialkot city, Daska, Pasrur, Badiana, Chawinda, Sambrial and their surroundings in a bid to be safe there from Indian shelling.

On the other hand, the people were reaching Sialkot city by foot and tractor-trolleys, motorcycles, van, buses and even on the donkey-carts. Several victims with their cattle could also be seen in long queues on the roads leading to Sialkot from the border villages.

Meanwhile, there was lull on both the sides of Sialkot Working Boundary after five-day spell of unprovoked mortar shelling by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on the Pakistani villages. However, panic prevailed in the villages.

Firdous for teaching India a lesson

SIALKOT-PTI leader Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan reached the shelled villages in Phookaliyaan-Bajwat and Chaprar Sectors of Working Boundary. She expressed solidarity with the grieved families. She strongly condemned the killing of innocent Pakistanis by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) which targeted the civilian population. She added that the armed forces had full capability to defend every inch of the Motherland and give answer to the enemy in befitting manners. She said that the Indian BSF was writing new stories of brutality and cruelty by targeting the civilian population in Sialkot border villages. She said that India should be taught unforgettable lessons. Later, talking to the newsmen at Koobey Chak-Bajwat, she asked the government to adopt a very bold stance against the Indian war aggression and killings of the innocent civilians during mortar shelling on the border villages. She also asked the government to take up the issue effectively on all the international forums including the UN and International Court of Justice (ICJ).