At least two people were killed on Tuesday in different incidents across Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). According to the police, 40-year-old Javid Iqbal, resident of Kail Neelum Valley, died on Neelum Valley road near Choon Pathaka, approximately 16 kilometers from Muzaffarabad when a landslide came down on him.
Iqbal was on his way home from Muzaffarabad, the police revealed, adding that “As he was crossing the land sliding area of Neelum Valley road by foot, a several hundred ton of mud and rubble hit him, killing him on the spot”.
Authorities recovered the body from the rubble and shifted it to his native village, where he was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard. Hundreds of people attended the funeral.
The deceased was a prominent social activist in Neelum Valley and had been working on different projects to promote tourism in the area for the last five years. Iqbal was also the secretary general of the NGO Rabet-e-Millat Foundation.
In another incident, 19-year-old Abbas Naveed died of electric shock in Odeh village of Kotli district of AJK on Tuesday evening. The police said Naveed was repairing an electric wire at his home when he suddenly caught live current and died on the spot. The deceased was buried in his ancestral graveyard.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.
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