Jammu And Kashmir People Becoming Fodder Of Cannon On Border: National Conference
24 August 2014
: Asserting that the fallout of hostilities between New Delhi and Islamabad is being felt in Jammu and Kashmir with people becoming 'fodder of cannon on the border', ruling National Conference (NC) today batted strongly for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring an end to border skirmishes. 'There is anguish over continued shelling from across the border and loss of life and property in the forward areas of the Jammu region. We seek resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring an end to border skirmishes', Chief of National Conference's Jammu Provincial, Devender Singh Rana told reporters here. 'The fallout of hostilities between New Delhi and Islamabad is being felt in Jammu and Kashmir with people becoming fodder of cannon on the border', Rana said. He visited the hospital immediately after victims of shelling in R S Pura were brought for specialised treatment. Two villagers were killed and seven others including a BSF Jawan injured early this morning in R S Pura sector near the International Border. Rana conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. The Provincial President said peace on the border is imperative for normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. He said the border dwellers in Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed an era of peace following ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan during the tenure of the then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. He said former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh gave further impetus to the normalisation of relations, which are needed to be carried forward with a renewed commitment. Rana said there is no alternative to peace as hostilities have only brought miseries to the people on both sides of border. He said National Conference stands for peace between India and Pakistan, as the scars of border skirmishes are felt only in Jammu and Kashmir and not in Islamabad or New Delhi. He called for sagacious approach to sort out the issues and creating conducive atmosphere for talks. 'The people of Jammu and Kashmir had pinned many hopes with the resumption of dialogue at Foreign Secretary-level,' he said and hoped that the leadership of the two countries will not allow situation to go out of hand and utilise every opportunity to herald peace in the region. Rana expressed concern over the migration of border dwellers, saying continuous firing has created panic in the villages adjacent to the International Border. He expressed solidarity with those forced to leave their homes and hearths and made a fervent appeal to the government for taking all necessary measures to provide respite to them.