Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed condemned the killing of three civilians and injuries to 17 others in fresh shelling by Pakistani troops in RS Pura and Arnia sectors on Friday and urged for peace between the two countries.
"We have to immediately explore ways and means to bring an end to the sufferings of the hapless civilians who have been subjected to great hardships over the last few months without any fault of theirs by the continuous shelling on IB (international border) and the LoC," Mufti said, according to an official press release.
Stating that there was a mechanism available to talk to end the violence, Mufti said the constant shelling had seen a humanitarian crisis unfold, with people leaving their homes and scurrying for safety of their lives.
"Frequent ceasefire violations have resulted in loss of precious human lives and created an atmosphere which is not very conducive for the relationship between the two neighbouring countries," Mufti added.
The chief minister conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
He also issued directions for providing best possible medical treatment to the injured persons.
Member of Parliament and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also condoled with the families of the victims and called for an immediate meeting of the directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan to sort out the issue amicably.