SIALKOT

The cultivation, especially of rice, has been suspended in Sialkot border villages of Bajwat, Phookaliyaan, Chaprar, Bajra Garhi, Umeraanwali, Harpal, Sucheetgarh and Charwah sectors due to the Indian shelling in the Pakistani border villages.

According to the local people, the Indian BSF had been targeting the civilian population in Sialkot border villages for years. They said that the local people were totally dependent on their seasonal crops for living. They said that whenever the local farmers start working in their fields, the Indian BSF targeted them, not allowing them to do work in their fields.

The perturbed people said that the cultivation had been suspended in Sialkot border villages for the last three weeks. They said that it was a peak season of cultivation. The affected farmers said that the Indian BSF had no mercy even towards animals as it targeted cattle along with people in Sialkot border villages.

These villages present a picture of complete neglect and backwardness. Being the border villages, no one has ever thought to bring social, economic and human development schemes for these border villages. They said that the villages had been left at the mercy of the three rivers Chenab, Tavi and Jammu by the local elected representatives.