Govt must try to de-escalate tension on borders: Bhalla

Excelsior Correspondent

Cong leader Raman Bhalla interacting with public on Thursday.
Cong leader Raman Bhalla interacting with public on Thursday.

JAMMU, July 20: Former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today said that it is the incumbent NDA Government’s duty and responsibility to find a final solution to the repeated violations of Indian territory by Pakistan’s armed forces.
Addressing public meeting in Gandhi Nagar here today, Bhalla said that with the Modi becoming the Prime Minister, the ceasefire violations from across the border have increased manifold and militant attacks have also out- numbered. Calling the BJP and the PDP coalition an unnatural alliance of divisive ideologies, he said for the past few months, the ceasefire violations and militants attacks have broken all previous records and this Government is dragging us into the 1990s as more youths are joining militant ranks, according to agencies.
Whenever UPA wanted to hold talks with Pakistan, the BJP which was in the opposition then used to ridicule and criticize us, saying talks cannot be held while terror continues. Now, as the terror incidents have increased manifold, the Central Government led by Modi is going two steps forward and four steps backward, he said.
“I think they don’t have any clear policy with regard to Pakistan,” said Bhalla. “Forced to flee their homes, cattle and ready to harvest crops due to frequent shelling by Pakistan, the residents along the Line of Control are batting for construction of ‘community bunkers’ in their villages. For the thousands living in these vulnerable zones, fear creeps in when the sun sets as their hamlets come under intense shelling by the neighbour’s army”.
Former minister appealed to the State and Centre Government to shift the people living near Zero Line to some safer place so that their precious lives could be saved from the brutal Pakistan firing.