SIALKOT

Because of Thursday’s intensified Indian shelling on Sialkot border villages after two-day lull, the affected people have stopped returning to their houses.

The people had started going back to their bullet-riddled houses following the two-day silence after the UN observers’ visit to these villages. The people had gone to their safer places in Sialkot city and surrounding areas after a month-long unprovoked intensified Indian shelling on these villages. Now, their migration from the safer places to their houses has again stopped.

The villagers said that the Indian BSF targeted the civilian population by firing heavy mortar shells in these villages. Unprovoked shelling created harassment and panic among the local people in these Indian shelling-hit Sialkot border villages.

They demanded early financial compensation of the damages of their properties caused by Indian shelling. The perturbed people were found going back to their homes with their cattle and luggage loaded on the tractor-trolleys and donkey carts to Sialkot border villages. According to Chenab Rangers officers, the tense situation on Sialkot Working Boundary was returning to the normalcy. However, the harvesting of the seasonal crops especially the paddy crops could not be started. It remained suspended for the whole month. They were anxious to harvest their standing seasonal crops in the fields.

Earlier, MPA Tariq Akhtar Subhain visited these villages. He met with the affected people and extended his heart-full sentiments on the killings of several local people and dozens of cattle heads by stepped up intensified Indian shelling on Sialkot border villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary here. He assured them full support, cooperation and financial compensation of Punjab government in this regard. He strongly  condemned unprovoked Indian firing which targeted the civilian population by openly violating the international rules.

25 SURGICAL UNITS ISSUED NOTICES: The Environmental Protection Agency issued show-cause notices to 25 surgical units located in Sialkot city for creating environmental pollution and causing serious health hazards for their workers and inhabitants.

EPA officials said that these 25 surgical units were creating large-scale environmental pollution besides causing serious health hazards for their workers and thousands of the local inhabitants. These units use prohibited chemicals and acids for tempering, washing and polishing of the different kinds’ surgical instruments.

The EPA officials added that these show-cause notices have been issued and served to them under the Environment Protection Order (EPO) and their cases would soon be referred to Environmental Tribunal Court Lahore for further trial.