Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) affected India-Pak relations and it (firing) had not done any good in the past and would change nothing in the present.
“We have witnessed tension, ceasefire violation and constant shelling on borders. India and Pakistan have fought three and half wars. Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed 25 years of violence and disturbance but nothing changed on ground,” the chief minister said in Mandi (Poonch), where he had gone to assess the damage because of recent rain.
He said that while India and Pakistan recognised that neighbours could not be changed, there was a need to create necessary thaw in their relations. People living along the LoC requested the CM to help stop the firing. At this, Abdullah said the issue was not in the domain of the state government, but he would direct their demand to the right forum.
The chief minister visited Treu in Kalakote, Kalnai in Mandi, Bella in Surankote and various other areas in Poonch and Rajouri districts, and spoke to people to get first-hand appraisal of damages caused by floods.
The chief minister said that besides facing the brunt of tension and shelling on the LoC, people had suffered because of floods and incessant rain. He said government would take all measures for providing relief to the flood-hit families. “I am taking stock of the situation at a high-level meeting in Srinagar today (on Friday) to work out relief and rehabilitation programme for the families affected by recent floods,” the chief minister said.
He was accompanied by PHE and flood control minister Sham Lal Sharma, revenue minister Ajaz Ahmad Khan, MLA Ajaz Jan, members of legislative councils (MLC) Shahnaz Ganai and Javaid Rana, and Kissan Board former chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari.