Forces Play Villain In Cross-LoC Love Tryst

SRINAGAR – Even as Indo-Pak rivalry over Kashmir has turned the region’s dividing line deadly again, love has blossomed across the LoC over the facebook, making a Poonch girl dare the barrier’s huge perils – and be thwarted by the sub-continent’s bitter reality.

Overwhelmed and ardent with her cyber relationship, 22-year-old Iram Fatima of Golat, Mendhar, apparently thought nothing of cannon fire and bullets when she set out to brave the military forces of two nations contesting her homeland.

She wanted to meet Mukhtar Ahmad, the love of her life from Pak-administered-Kashmir, whom she had met on the facebook.

According to reports, the girl was apprehended yesterday by Indian troops near the forward village of Phagwari in the Balakote sector of Poonch, close to the LoC.

She had left home with Rs 11,500 and a mobile phone, and travelled to the village in a taxi, taking the rest of the journey on foot, official sources said.

But was apprehended by security forces on suspicion when walking along the LoC.

“The girl was handed over to the police, and then back to her family, after sustained questioning,” officials said.

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