A re­cently taken aerial pho­to­graph shows a PoK vil­lage where Pak guns are sur­rounded by houses be­long­ing to civil­ians.

The Sunday Guardian - - Front Page - ASHISH SINGH NEW DELHI

The Pak­istan army has in­stalled 82mm and 120mm mor­tar guns bang in the mid­dle of vil­lages lo­cated along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK). In a re­cently taken aerial pho­to­graph ex­clu­sively ac­cessed by The Sun­day Guardian of one of these vil­lages, these guns are seen sur­rounded by houses be­long­ing to civil­ians. This par­tic­u­lar vil­lage near Kahuta in PoK, is at a dis­tance of around 3 km from the LoC, and faces Poonch on the In­dian side of the LoC. The pho­to­graph of the site re­veals that the mor­tar guns have been placed in such a man­ner that if In­dian Army re­tal­i­ates to Pak­istani fir­ing com­ing from these mor­tar guns, the Kash­miri civil­ians liv­ing in this vil­lage will be ex­posed to In­dian shelling, along with the Pak­istani army po­si­tions. This may also re­sult in se­vere civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, thus giv­ing Pak­istan the op­por­tu­nity to pub­li­cise these as In­dian Army tar­get­ing Kash­miris liv­ing in PoK. So the Pak­istan army is ba­si­cally us­ing Kash­miris in PoK as hu­man shields. Sources say this is the case in al­most all the vil­lages along the LoC in PoK.

A close look at the pho­to­graph shows a num­ber of cir­cu­lar struc­tures that are Pak­istan army’s 82mm and 120mm mor­tar guns. The rec­tan­gu­lar struc­tures around them are the houses of the Kash­miri pop­u­la­tion liv­ing there.

Speak­ing about the dirty tricks

Aerial pho­to­graph of Pak­istan army’s mor­tar guns in a Kash­miri vil­lage in PoK near LoC.

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