Cong condemns Pak for frequent ceasefire violations

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jammu
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2015 20:53 IST

The Congress has condemned Pakistan for repeated ceasefire violations along the international border.

Senior Congress vice-president Sham Lal Sharma, vice-president Raman Bhalla and general secretary Manjit Singh have strongly condemned Pakistan for frequent unprovoked ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, resulting into heavy loss of life and property.

The JKPCC leaders were speaking at Sheikhpur-Plauta village near the international border during the 'Shardaanjali Samaroh' of seopy Gurdeep Singh, who had laid down his life during the Kargil war on this day.

They said that the government of India must strongly convey to Pakistan that the ceasefire violations, sponsoring terrorism and talks can't go together and the Pakistan government must create conducive atmosphere for a meaningful dialogue with India.

Recalling the sacrifices of the army personnel in the Kargil war, the senior Congress leaders criticised the NDA government at the Centre for non-implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, forcing the ex-servicemen to launch hunger strike and a countrywide stir on the issue.

They said that the justified demand of around 21 lakh ex-servicemen, including over 6 lakh war widows, was accepted by the UPA government on February 26, 2014 and an amount of `500 crore was also allocated.

However, the BJP which promised to fulfill the demand in one go within 100 days of coming to power, is now dragging its feet after over one year in power.

The Congress leaders also lashed out at the Centre and state government for their failure to fulfil the commitment with border residents with regard to five marla plot to them in safer zones.

They commended the role of Indian Army and security forces and the brave people near the LoC and IB.

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