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There has been peace in the lives of people living in the last villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machhil sector in the Kupwara border district in North Kashmir. After the ceasefire agreement in February 2021, they now live a peaceful life. Residents say that after many decades they are breathing fearlessly outdoors. There is no longer the smell of gunpowder on these dishes.
Prior to the ceasefire agreement, the inhabitants of the village of Duddhi, in the Machhil sector, were the most affected by the fierce cross-border bombing. Mohammad Latif Khan, of the village, says that in October 2019, around 8pm, there was a ceasefire violation in this area. His whole family was wounded in this. Also two houses were totally damaged.
Latif said he took out a loan and treated his children. A son lost his hand. I send them to school, but they can’t go to the police or the army because of their injuries. We are living in peace for the last year due to the ceasefire agreement. We call on the two governments to keep the peace even further.
Another villager Parvez Ahmed Sheikh said that now we are safe here and we live happily. People now work in the field without any fear. dedicated to your business. Earlier, many villages and people were affected by the bombings, which have not yet been compensated.
Roads improved, communication crisis
Habibullah Moulvi, a resident of Poshwari, another village adjacent to the LoC, said that since the agreement was signed, the army is also focusing on development works, so that the lives of the local people can be changed here. Habibullah said road connectivity has improved a lot. Now their demand is that mobile towers be installed in their village as well, because due to lack of towers, they have to go to Machhil to listen and make calls.
Army employing along with civilian facilities
The army plays a vital role in the development of these beautifully decorated remote villages. From providing roads, electricity, education and job opportunities, the military works day and night to help these people. An army official said that before the ceasefire agreement we were busy dealing with terrorist activities, but since the agreement was signed, we have been working to raise the standard of living of the people.
Efforts to open up areas ahead of tourism
The state government is also trying to open to tourism these advanced areas near the Line of Control. Recently, a few months ago, the local population has opened home stays in the Keran sector, adjacent to the LoC, so that tourists can come to these areas for a comfortable walk.