Loud thumps of heavy shelling has silenced the school lessons in unison. Bearing the brunt of of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops, a school premise was greatly tarnished recently.
Education in the area is orphaned due to destruction that has become an everyday affair.
Faquir Dara School in Karmara sector of Poonch district was heavily damaged due to continuous ceasefire violations and shelling from the Pakistani side.
The education in Jammu and Kashmir is elusive, just like the walls of the many schools in the region. The mindless shelling has robbed the young minds of a bright future.
The bullet marks in school walls testify the lamentable future of children in Jammu and Kashmir. Many parts of the institute were damaged due to shelling.
Earlier on Wednesday, owing to a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC), some 25 schools were directed to remain shut in the affected areas.
The development commissioner of the state’s Poonch district told ANI that there was heavy firing at Poonch’s Shahpur.
“The firing at the Line of Control (LoC) has gained intensity. To ensure the safety of the citizens, around 25 schools in the areas affected by firing, would remain closed. Around 12-13 of them are in Balakote sector,” he added.
MORE SCHOOLS LIKELY TO BE SHUT
The commissioner said that the situation in the district was being assessed.
More schools are likely to be shut till the situation in the border area improve. He added that evacuation plans were also being prepared by the administration.
Education in Jammu and Kashmir, along with the Valley’s peace, has been snatched from many.
“Shelter arrangements have been made for people. They would be given food and security. We have also arranged for ambulances near the danger zones,” he said.
DEATH LINGERS IN NOOKS AND CRANNIES
The district commissioner also appealed to the public to not touch unknown objects, as there are reports of unexploded shells lying around in the region.
On Tuesday, around 50 children were trapped inside two government schools due to ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in the state’s Nowshera sector along the LoC.
Following the incident, the Indian Army rescued 12 students of primary schools.[“Source-indiatoday”]