Mehbooba calls for immediate de-escalation of 'alarming' border situation

World Tuesday 25/October/2016 20:14 PM
By: Times News Service
Mehbooba calls for immediate de-escalation of 'alarming' border situation

Srinagar: Chairing a top security meet here, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday called for immediate de-escalation of the "alarming" situation along the borders to end miseries of people. At the meeting of Unified Headquarters (UHQ), comprising top officials of the army, Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, state police and intelligence agencies besides the civil administration, the chief minister was briefed about wide-ranging issues including the emerging security scenario in Indian-administered-Kashmir, situation along the borders and steps taken to address issues arising out of cross-border shelling. "Ways and means shall have to be explored immediately to bring an end to the sufferings of the hapless people subjected to immense miseries over the past few months because of the continuous cross-border shelling and escalation of violence in the state and the region," she said at the meeting.
She said the "hostile" and "alarming" situation along the borders and Line of Control (LoC) should keep reminding both India and Pakistan of the inevitability of sitting across the table to find a just and pragmatic solution of all the contentious issues.
Mehbooba, who also condemned Tuesday's terror attack on police training academy in Pakistan's Quetta, said the vicious cycle of death and destruction confronting the region must end at the earliest.
"Whatever (be) the reasons for hardening of stances and attempts by the vested interests to subvert the peace process, there is, however, no substitute to the reconciliatory policy as was done in 2003," she said. Serious efforts should be made at the political and civil society levels to revive the peace and reconciliation process for the larger good of the people sandwiched in a gory situation, she said.
Condoling the death of a six-year old boy in cross-border firing in R S Pura sector of Jammu on Monday, Mehbooba said, "My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones in the fresh violence, both along the borders and at the Police Academy in Quetta, in which they had no role to play."
She said the senseless violence is the common enemy of the people in both India and Pakistan as the scourge of bloodshed has devoured their lives. She reiterated her government's stand that only coordinated political effort at the highest levels in New Delhi and Islamabad will eliminate the menace of violence and usher the region into an era of peace and prosperity.
Making a fervent appeal for peace on the borders, Mehbooba said the cross-border shelling has seen a humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region with people fleeing their homes and scurrying for safety of their lives. "This disquieting scenario has to end to facilitate the people live peacefully in their homes and hearths," she said while noting that people in Jammu and Kashmir have always been the worst sufferers in such hostile situations. She recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent statement wherein he called on Pakistan to jointly wage a war against poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and infant mortality.
"It is high time that both the countries come together without any further delay and start a final war against violence, terrorism and the social and economic deprivation plaguing the region," she said.