JAMMU, MAY 25: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday appealed to Pakistan to respond positively to Ramadhan ceasefire announced by New Delhi.
Mehbooba, according to an official handout, visited the border areas of R S Pura, Samba and other places of Jammu province which have been severely hit by the cross border shelling in past few days.
Interacting with the people, the Chief Minister said she is deeply distressed and anguished due to the continued flare up on the borders and sought an immediate end to it to save the people of border areas from more losses of life, property and peace.
She appealed the leadership of Pakistan to respect the sentiment of Ramadhan and respond positively to the Ramadhan ceasefire announced by the Centre recently.
This, she said, has led people of the State to heave a sigh of relief and now the need is to extend this gesture to borders as well for which she asked Pakistan to respond positively.
She reminded people that complete peace prevailed along the borders in the State for more than a decade after the ceasfire at borders reached at in 2003.
Respinding to the demands of the local people, Mehbooba Mufti announced that her Government would examine the demand of raising a battalion of JK Police comprising youth exclusively from border areas.
She also assured them that her Government would look into their demand of bringing people living in areas along International Border (IB) at par with those of LoC areas in terms of facilities, perks or any incentives.
The Chief Minister also assured the people that steps would be taken to construct Border Bhawans in urban areas for the people of border areas where they can stay during the difficult times. She said her Government has already got the loss to livestock included in the compensation package by the Centre.