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  •  Innocent people getting trapped in the vortex of violence

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 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.

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  • Calls for immediate meeting of DGMOs to stop bloodshed of innocent civilians   

SRINAGAR: Member Parliament and PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti, has deeply condoled the death of three innocent civilians and injury to many others in continued shelling from across the border in R. S. Pura and Arnia sectors in Jammu district.

In her message, Mehbooba Mufti said the border skirmishes have brought untold miseries upon the people, in particular those residing near the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC). Making an appeal for ending bloodshed of innocent people residing near the borders, the PDP President called for an immediate meeting of the DGMOs of the two countries to sort out the issue amicably so that lives of innocent civilians, including women and children who are under virtual siege from the past several months, are safeguarded.

Terming as unfortunate the cancellation of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan, Mehbooba Mufti said the meeting was supposed to discuss critical issues like cross-border shelling and terrorism. “The need of the hour is for leaders from both sides to rise to the level of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statesmanship to resolve all issues cordially,” she stated.       

The PDP President conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. She also asked the Divisional Administration to provide advance medical treatment to those who have been injured in the shelling.

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  • Orders immediate demarcation, fencing of Panchayat Nursery Sheikhbagh

BUDGAM: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Abdul Haq today conducted an extensive tour of Budgam district and took stock of various developmental works in the area. The Minister, accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner, Budgam Mr. Altaf Ahmad Mir, Director Rural Development, Kashmir, Mr. Tasaduq Jeelani, Director Rural Sanitation, Mr. Showkat Ahmad Beig, ACD Budgam and other concerned officers inspected Shiekhbagh Panchayat  Nursery which is spread over 204 kanals of land on which about 88959 trees are planted. He directed the district administration Budgam for its clear demarcation. He also asked Municipal Committee Budgam to take immediate steps for its cleanliness.

Mr. Haq gave directions to the Rural Development Department for repairing of fencing of the Panchayat Nursery on priority basis. At Chadoora, the Minister inspected the site of Rural Extension Training Centre for which land has been acquired and Rs 25 lakh have been expended on the construction of boundary wall.

En-route at Ichgam, several deputations called on the Minister and put forth their demands before him. Responding to the demands, the Minister gave on spot directions for construction of latrine block in Boys Higher Secondary School Ichgam under Sawach Bharat Mission and assured them that he will take up the matter regarding allotment of power grid station and power transformer with the concerned on priority.

While interacting with people, the Minister said that present dispensation led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syed is well aware about the public issues and several initiatives are in pipeline for their timely redressal so that new era of development and prosperity usher all three regions of the State.