Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday strongly condemned the killing of three innocent civilians and injuries to many others in the persistent shelling from across the border in R. S. Pura and Arnia sectors of the International Border (IB), in Jammu district.
He expressed solidarity with the besieged people residing in the affected areas and assured them full support of his Government. “We have to immediately explore ways and means to bring an end to the sufferings of the hapless civilians who have been subjected to great hardships over the last few months without any fault of theirs by the continuous shelling on IB and the LoC,” he said and added that there was a mechanism available to talk for ending the shelling on the borders.
Making a fervent appeal for maintaining peace on the borders so that innocent civilians do not get trapped in the vortex of violence, Mufti Sayeed said constant shelling from across the IB and LoC has seen a humanitarian crisis unfolding with people leaving their homes and scurrying for safety of their lives. He said frequent ceasefire violations and heavy pounding of civilian areas in proximity of the IB has resulted in loss of precious human lives and created an atmosphere which is not very conducive for the relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
The Chief Minister conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families in their hour of grief and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He also issued directions for providing best possible medical treatment to those injured persons, who have been admitted in the hospital.