Expressing concern over the repeated incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that unprovoked firing is a source of constant agony and mental stress for the people of border areas.
Azad expressed grief and shock on the unfortunate deaths and injuries, saying the deaths of our jawans and civilians on the borders have become a regular feature ever since the NDA Government has come to power at the Centre.
Slamming the NDA government for miserably failing to put a halt to ceasefire violations by Pakistan as was promised by it to the people of the country, Azad said that persistent ceasefire violations have made the life of people living in border areas miserable and they are forced to lead a life marked by fear, uncertainty and mental stress.
Azad said that failure of the NDA government is visible on its face in the light of the fact that the director general BSF in August this year has admitted the firing and shelling on the International Border (IB) with Pakistan to be the "heaviest" after the 1971 war.
While condemning Pakistani forces for continuously committing ceasefire violations, particularly the prolonged violations in July and August this year, leading to the deaths several jawans and civilians and forcing migration from the border areas, Azad said the central government has failed to respond proportionately, adequately and effectively, which probably has emboldened the Pakistani forces to perpetuate the tension, thus creating hardships for our people residing in the border areas.
"It seems that Pakistan is taking the new government non-seriously and is hell bent to create tension in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir", said Azad.
Azad said that the NDA government's Pakistan policy is marked by inconsistencies and flip-flops of weird proportions, as one day it is overzealously enthusiastic about talks, and the other day it raises shrill jingoistic clamour for war, adding that the people of the country are wise enough not to lose sight of the manipulative politics being played by the BJP.
Azad said that border people have always suffered during the BJP rule be it Kargil war of 1999, border build-up of 2001, or the current spate of relentless ceasefire violations.