Do not turn Kashmir into battlefield: Mehbooba appeals India, Pakistan

Lester Mason
January 21, 2018

Country is on path of development, it is what PM talks about, but the opposite is happening in our state.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as to Pakistan to not make the northern state a "jung a akhada" (a match ring for war) and to instead make Jammu and Kashmir a bridge for friendship.

Expressing her distress over the spate of deaths in the state, Mehbooba Mufti said Jammu and Kashmir should not be turned into an "arena of war" by India and Pakistan. "Jammu and Kashmir Police has the biggest challenges in front of them". "Handling law and order, you have to face your own brothers to restore peace and at the same time act with patience and restraint", she told the policemen. A Border Security Force (BSF) Head Constable and a Lance Naik of the army were killed in Pakistan firing in Pakistan firing on Friday.

Pakistan activated entire IB and LoC extended its shelling to newer areas targeting civilians and Indian forward posts on Friday night and Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, three people, including an Army jawan were killed and six civilian left injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu.

More than 10,000 residents of border villages have during the last two days migrated from their villages, leaving behind cattle, agricultural fields and homes. Between 8,000 to 9,000 people living along the IB have migrated to safer places and a lot of them were living with their relatives.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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