Kargil war victim awaits compensation

June 6th, 2009 - 5:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, June 6 (ANI): A sixty-two-year old victim of the Kargil war still awaits compensation from the government.

Mohammad Ali’s leg got completely destroyed when a Pakistani shell hit him in August 2008. He was on his way back home after offering his evening prayers.

Resident of Shiliktse village situated on the banks of Suru River, Ali has two young children, a wife and his father Ali Asgar to look after.

He recently retired from his job in Military Engineering Corps (MES), where he was working as a labourer

“It has been ten years from that fateful day and I still haven’t received any compensation from the government for me and my children. Government is not giving us any kind of assistance. As I am out of work now, I am quite tense with how am I going to survive,” Ali said.

Families of Shiliktse village had fled after the shelling intensified in 1999, but returned after six months.

The village has many other poor victims of Kargil War like Mohammad Ali who is waiting for financial assistance and support from the federal government.

“Although there are many people in our village who are victims of Kargil war but Mohammad Ali is an example whose right leg was chopped off from his body. He stays with children but till now he hasn’t received any economic assistance from the government. He is very poor and helpless,” said Sajjad Hussain, a local resident. (ANI)

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