Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Ghulam Ahmad Mir said Pakistan should desist from war rhetoric and instead cooperate with India to ensure peace along the border.
"Issuing threats at each other would not yield fruits. Pakistan should co-operate in restoring peace and normalcy on the border to create congenial atmosphere for talks as any meaningful dialogue is not possible if shelling and terrorist activities continue from across the border," he said while interacting with people in RS Pura, where three people were killed in shelling by Pakistan last month.
Mir along with senior Congress leaders, including former ministers Sham Lal Sharma, Mula Ram, Suman Bhagat, Manjit Singh and PCC spokesperson Ravinder Sharma, visited RS Pura on Wednesday.
He said while the BJP when in opposition criticised the then UPA government for any isolated incident on the border, the Narendra Modi government has not been able to ensure peace along the border in 15 months of their government. On the contrary, the situation has only worsened, he alleged.
"People all along the border in the state are witnessing the most difficult period in recent years," he said.
The PCC president expressing deep concern over the suffering of people. He said it seems there is something seriously wrong in the policy of the Centre to deal with the current situation.
He said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited the border area of Balakote to understand the sufferings of the people.
Mir favoured early steps to restore calm and normalcy on the border so that the prevailing atmosphere is contained. He also demanded adequate enhancement in relief and compensation to the people who died in firing. He also sought compensation for those who were permanently disabled in Pakistani firing. He said the previous NC-Congress government had conceded the demand for job to a family member of a person killed in border firing.