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Mehbooba exprersses anguish over civilian killings, calls for border ceasefire
5/23/2018 10:40:13 PM
Srinagar, May 23: Expressing grave concern over the latest spate of killings in cross-border shelling, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called for immediate cessation of hostilities to safeguard the lives and properties of the hapless people caught in the deadly crossfire.
"It is the life and property and sense of security of the people of J&K which are in the line of fire and every bullet or a mortar shell fired hits only the residents of this state on either side," the Chief Minister said in a statement while expressing anguish over the killing of more civilians during previous night in fresh shelling along the International Border in Jammu.
The Chief Minister said it was painful to see everyday loss of precious human lives, destruction of properties and large-scale migration in border areas of the State due to the hostile situation prevailing along the borders.

"The terrible images of an eight-month old child with bullet wounds on his body is perhaps not enough to shake the conscience of the humanity in the region and put an end to this senseless bloodletting," she said and added that both the countries shall have to put an end to this hostility to safeguard the lives of the people.

Stressing the need for building a strong peace initiative from within the state, she said more than a decade and a half back the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in an impressive display of statesmanship had opened a new chapter in the blood-soaked history of India and Pakistan by responding to the urge for peace and dignified resolution during his historic visit to Srinagar in 2003.
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