SIALKOT - The local members of parliament visited the Indian shelling-hit villages Meendarwal, Thathi Khurd and Thathi Kalan here on Sunday, and expressed complete solidarity with the affected people.

MNA Armughan Subhani, MPAs Tariq Akhtar Subhani, Rana Arif Iqbal Harnah and Sufi Muhamamd Ishaq assured the local people of the early financial compensation of the damages of their properties caused by Indian shelling.

The MNA said that more than two dozens cattle heads had been killed and over 65 houses were destroyed or badly damaged in these villages by shelling. He narrated that the Indian Border Security Forces again targeted the civilian population when the people were asleep atop their houses’ roofs and in the courtyards.

He said that according to the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, the Indian BSF used light and heavy machine guns and also fired several mortar shells. Most of these mortar shells fell in the fields but could not explode. However, he said, the spirit of the people in Indian shelling hit Sialkot border villages is very high.

He said that Pakistan had expressed grave concern over the killings of two Pakistani citizens and injury of nine others near Sialkot in the unprovoked  Indian shelling on Sialkot border villages on Sunday. He added that Pakistan had also lodged a strong protest against the Indian aggression.

Pledge to step up freedom struggle reaffirmed: Staff reporter from Mirpur (AJK) adds: Rich tributes were paid to founder of Jammu & Kashmir People’s National Party Barrister Qurbal Ali at his second death anniversary here Saturday night.

The participants of a ceremony held in this regard acknowledged the life-time services of the Kashmiri leader to the Kashmir cause and to secure and safeguard the rights of the suppressed classes of the society.

The ceremony was arranged by JK-PNP Central Secretary General Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed and Justice (r) Abdul Majeed Mallick, ex chief justice of AJK High Court and president Jammu & Kashim Liberation League while JK PNP Central President Sardar Sagheer Ahmed Advocate chaired it.

Speakers also vowed that fight for the emancipation of the people of the Indian-held state would continue till the achievement of their legitimate right to self-determination and the early success of Kashmir freedom struggle.

Speakers called for settlement of Kashmir conflict to enable them to decide their destiny under the moral and legal principles of international norms and commitments.

 “The early peaceful solution to Kashmir conflict is beneficial for both the nuclear arch rivals - India and Pakistan”, they underlined.

They recalled that the demise of Barrister Qurban was an irreparable loss to the Kashmir freedom struggle. They said that the late leader struggled hard throughout his life for the elimination of class system. His services to the Kashmir cause and against the suppressive forces would always be remembered. The participants prayed for the rest of the departed soul in eternal peace and grant of fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.