Leaders of National Conference (NC), Congress and Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday shared a common stage to express solidarity with the suffering dwellers due to tension on the line of Control (LoC).
The statement issued to a local news agency, KNS, mentioned that as the leaders of these parties were on visit to the area in the wake of night long shelling, Provincial President NC Devender Singh Rana invited them to the stage, saying this was a common cause and not an occasion to play politics. The leaders joined and expressed concern over the situation.
While interacting with a huge group of sufferers present there, Rana expressed serious concern over the unabated border firing resulting in panic among the villagers and said the situation calls for immediate end. He reiterated his party’s demand to the Centre for prevailing upon Pakistan to bring halt to the unwarranted situation, having potential of jeopardizing peace. He further according to the statement said war is no solution to solving issues and hoped that the other side will appreciate the necessity of maintaining calm on the borders by adhering to the ceasefire agreement that worked well for about a decade and rekindled new hope of tranquility in the region.
The statement further stated that NC Provincial President also pitched for setting up of a Border Development Authority for the holistic and sustained development of the border areas with thrust on basics like road communication, drinking water, irrigation and other utility services. He sought urgent consideration of a special employment package in recruitment to central para military forces and the armed forces for youth living along the borders from Kathua to Gurez, as has already been projected by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah before the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and a Central Team that visited Srinagar early this summer.
The BJP and Congress leaders also expressed solidarity with the border dwellers, saying the people of the state were concerned about their well being and safety.
Those who accompanied the Provincial President during his tour to the border habitations included Rattan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Babu Ram Paul, Dhramveer Singh Jamwal, Balwinder Singh, Dr Surjeet Bhagat, Raj Kumar and Rohit Bali.