Although guns have fallen silent, and shelling has stopped for the time being but fear persists among the residents of border villages, and hamlets on the international border in Jammu sector as firing could started by spur of the moment from the other side. While the government of India has given clear orders to retaliate the Pak onslaught with full force still the people on the border want peace as they don’t to live as perpetual migrants so close to their homes.
A large number of border residents who were putting up in government schools, and buildings have returned to their homes, and could be seen taking control of their lives as they cleaned their abandoned homes. Some farmers were seen in the fields trying to get water to their rice fields which is one of the most important crops for the people in area. But people living in Treva, Sai, Pindi Chadka, Jabowal and many border hamlets opine that this peace could be shortlived as they do not trust Pakistan. Despite the danger many preferred to return because government run shelters do not have adequate facilities, and people have to face lot of problems.
Almost 20 villages on the border were evacuated by the administration and asked to stay in government buildings in view of the increasing threat posed by Pak Rangers. It is being apprehended that the Pakistan army was also supporting the rangers in firing on border villages, which forced the Indian government to ask the security forces to give them a befitting reply.
Setting the agenda clear, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday made it clear that Indian security forces have been asked to retaliate, and give a befitting reply to ceasefire violations by Pakistan. He also said that BSF has been asked not to show White Flags if Pakistan continues to fire from across the border. Singh also said that there has been a perception across the world that India was a soft nation but was wrong, and with formation of Modi government this presumption has changed.
It is pertinent to mention that life has been disturbed on the border after Pakistan started firing on the border. Three persons have been killed and several injured in firing in Jammu and Samba areas. While three flag meetings have been held on the border to defuse the situation, some of the villagers who have returned home opine that the government has asked them to return too early. They say Pakistan could not be trusted as they want to push terrorists from across the border.
Many Panches, and Sarpanches opine that better facilities for border migrants should have been provided but the government has paid no heed to their woes. They also opine that a permanent solution is needed to this problem on the border as Pakistan could start firing again as soon as they found it essential for political or strategic reasons. The government officials meanwhile claim that migrants were not asked to leave the camps, and they have gone back as per their own accord.