Srinagar: Buoyed by Indian army’s artillery assault on terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday warned Islamabad to mend its ways otherwise they would cross the Line of Control (LoC) to smash militant training camps.

“Why we can’t do it? If they will not mend their ways we will cross (the LoC). Their terrorist camps will be smashed if they will not mend their ways. Pakistan should understand that if theydid not mend ways, they shall have to endure more than what happened yesterday”, said Malik.

On Sunday Indian army launched massive artillery blitzkrieg smashing terror launch pads in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Indian army, sources said, used Bofors artillery guns to pound terror camps and launch pads in a calibrated manner on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Chief of Army Staff General BIpin Rawat said three terror camps were destroyed and six to 10 soldiers of the Pakistan army were killed. “A number of terrorists have also been killed,” he said.

The action followed the killing of two Indian army soldiers and a civilian in a cease fire violation by Pakistan army in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district.

Several houses were damaged in Pakistani shelling in Tangdhar sector. “Two army soldiers and a civilian were killed. There are reports of some damages to houses. But our tehsildar is on the spot to assess the situation. Preliminary reports say two houses have been damaged and some others have suffered partial damages, said Anshul Garg, deputy commissioner of Kupwara.

Fear has gripped the villagers living near the LoC after Pakistani shelling. District administration has made contingency plans to evacuate the civilians if required. “Tehsildar is on spot to look into that. If required it (evacuation) will be done. We are in touch with army authorities. Since then there has been no escalation. We are very cautious. If need be we will be evacuating people if required”, said Garg

Meanwhile, Governor Malik reached out to the youth of Kashmir urging them to contribute for making Naya Kashmir (New Kashmir) after Jammu and Kashmir becomes union territory from November 1.

“There will be a New Kashmir from November 1. What have these boys who roam around achieved? I want to tell them to contribute to take the state forward,” he said.

Ishfaq Ul Hassan

An accredited journalist with 22 years of professional experience, Ishfaq-Ul-Hassan has worked as a reporter based in Kashmir for two decades. He has covered various beats including militancy, politics, defence, minorities, social issues, religious groups and women issues in Kashmir. He had previously worked as Special Correspondent in Jammu and Kashmir for DNA (Daily News and Analysis) Newspaper for 13 years. Ishfaq is also associated with the New Delhi- based television company `Asia Pacific Communication Associates’ which produced the famous series “Subah-Bakhar-Kashmir” for satellite Kashmir channel of Doordarshan. In 2004, he was awarded the Charkha-Sanjoy Ghosh Fellowship for Peace and Development for his research on families divided across the LOC in Kashmir.