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Hostilities cannot change borders: Ganai

india Updated: Aug 29, 2013 12:15 IST
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Member of legislative council (MLC) Shehnaz Ganai has said hostilities along the border will not yield anything and it must come to an end immediately as borders cannot be changed. She said people, especially in Poonch district, have in the past also suffered because of the tension on the border and they don't want return of the pre-2003 situation.

"India and Pakistan are sovereign nations and also neighbours and these facts can't be denied. Borders can't be redrawn so hostilities between two nations will only result in suffering for the people," said Ganai, in her address to residents of villages living along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

She visited Dalaan, Degwar and Khari Karmara and Sawijan villages along the LoC.

The MLC said in the modern era, neither the borders can be redrawn nor sovereignty of any nation can be challenged.

"Even superpowers have failed to change the borders and challenge the sovereignty of nations presumed weak," she said.

Ganai said it's only the people of J&K and especially those living along borders who have become victims of firing along border. She said chief minister Omar Abdullah had also said he will take up the matter for ensuring peace along the border with the central government.

The MLC said while India has right to respond to the ceasefire violation, both sides must understand that people of the state want peace and their voice must be heard.

She said the National Conference leadership has played an important role for bringing peace along the borders as the party is deeply committed to the development and peace in the state.

"Poonch has historically been a major political point of the state. It has suffered most due to the partition and is now acting as bridge between two nations with cross-LoC bus service for uniting the divided families. Disturbance here will not only disturb peace in the state but can also affect bilateral relations between India and Pakistan," said Ganai.