JAMMU, May 18: Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir, today expressed grief over the killing of five people including a BSF jawan in cross-border firing in RS Pura sector.
The Minister directed concerned Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of border areas to reach out to the people in shelling-hit areas for effective rescue and medicare facilities.
He called upon the district administration Jammu for early evacuation and shifting of injured to hospitals, besides also keep the availability of ambulances in place to meet any exigency.
He said the district administration has established shelters for evacuees and bulletproof vehicles are being used for the evacuation process.
The Minister further directed the concerned to ensure that proper medical facilities are provided to the people injured in the shelling and also directed to relocate the left-out populace to safe places in case of any eventuality.
“The Government is in touch with the district administration and is monitoring the situation, while as medical heads and other staff has been directed to be available round-the-clock for better treatment of injured”, the Minister added.
There has been widespread condemnation of unprovoked shelling from across the border making the civilian population its direct target.
Strongly condemning Pakistan for unprovoked ceasefire violation and resorting to heavy shelling in which five civilians were martyred and several others injured, J&K PCCC termed it violation of international norms.
In a hard hitting statement issued here, today JKPCC leaders, Sham Lal Sharma, Raman Bhalla, Ravinder Sharma, Kanta Bhan, Rajnish Sharma, Yougesh Sawhney, Shabir Ahmed Khan, S Manjit Singh, Th Manmohan Singh, Vikram Malhotra, Ch Shah Mohammed, Namrata Sharma, and Ch Shah Nawaz accused Pakistan of resorting to worst kind of shelling targeting civilians during the holy month of Ramzan. This way Pakistan was showing no respect to the values and teachings to be observed during the fasting period where as the Central Government has announced halting of operations within the State during the period, they added.
The PCC leaders said that this shows hollowness of Pakistan and her faith in maintaining peace and cordial relations with India for which GoI should take effective measures to deal with the hostile neighbor.
JKPCC general secretary and former Minister Manjit Singh while expressing his serious concern over the unprovoked shelling from across the border said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is unable to deal with situation on border.
In a statement issued here, today he said every time border people have to flee and take shelter in Government buildings and how long this will go. The promises made by the BJP in 2014 elections have not been fulfilled by them, he added.
Team Jammu Chairman Zorawar Singh Jamwal, while, strongly condemning the shelling from across the border on civilian population accused the Pakistan of trying to create disturbance in the border State of J&K with its misadventures. He said the shelling on civilian population and killing of civilians is a war crime and UNO should take note of it and reprimand Pakistan for its dastardly action. He also urged the Union Government to give a befitting reply to Pakistan so that it can never dare to raise its eyes.
The Team Jammu while condemning the killing of four civilians and BSF jawan also charged the BJP of murdering border residents for cheap politics. It observed that border residents are being butchered like animals but BJP leadership is shamelessly indulged into dirty politics on human lives.
Shiv Sena Bala Sahib Thackeray while condemning the border shelling held a demonstration and torched the effigy of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. While expressing its grief and sorrow over the killing of civilians and BSF jawan in shelling the protestors said it is the third day of shelling on IB in Jammu region. The protest was led by SS State chief, Dimpy Kohli. He said what guarantee Mehbooba can give to the safety of people which she claimed while advocating for ceasefire in fasting month of Ramzan.