Pak Objects Construction Of ‘Model Village Project’ In Keran

KL Report


Since standoff between Army and militants came to end two weeks ago at Keran, Kupwara near Line of Control (LOC), reports from the border area suggest that Pakistani troops have forced laborers to stop some developmental work in the village.

According to reports reaching this local news gathering agency GNS, laborers of border area said that a group of Pakistani soldiers came close to the LOC and asked them to stop construction work in a village near the border.

“Two men, one in uniform and other in civil dress holding a white flag shouted at workers on the construction site to stop work,” a laborer of the area told GNS, adding, they (Pakistani soldiers) were across the Kishanganga River, which divides the LoC and did not come into this side.

They said the construction work was being carried out by the civil administration under the border area development work for the “model village project” on the bed of Kishanganga River in Keran village. “The construction work included a children’s park, a reading room and a community centre.”

Keran was adopted as a model village under the BADP and rupees 2.45 crore was earmarked for improving the facilities at a village which includes setting up of a community centre, creating sheds, scientific laboratory for a school and improving road facility.

This is for the first time Pakistan raised objections about civilian construction activities on this side of the Line of Control since the ceasefire citing violation of treaty signed between the two countries of not undertaking any construction activities within 150 meters of the Line of Control (LoC).

It is worth to mention here that Kishanganga River serves as LoC in the area. Pakistan had objected to Kishanganga project and had taken the matter to arbitration court in The Hague in the Netherlands. Pakistan is contending that the power project would lead to diversion of the Kishanganga waters.


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