Opposition says, ‘war-like situation on borders’

Opposition says, ‘war-like situation on borders’
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Suggests formation of team for accessing ground situation

Jammu: The opposition parties on Tuesday expressed concern over heated-up borders in Jammu and Kashmir in which at least 12 people including civilians have been killed.
The National Conference and Congress demanded that a team of legislators be sent to the affected areas to “access the situation on ground”.
The NC and Congress MLAs lambasted the PDP-BJP coalition government for “no-action” in case of alleged cross-border shelling in Jammu division forcing Congress MLAs to walk-out of the house in protest.
As the speaker entered the house and ordered start of the routine business, NC and Congress members put the Kavinder Gupta on notice over human and property damages in areas situated along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC).
Congress’ Ghulam Mohammad Saroori termed the situation created after cross border shelling as “war-like situation”.
“12 people have been killed, domestic animals have been killed and agriculture fields have been destroyed,” said Nawang Rigzin Jora of Congress’. “Government is doing nothing.”
Saroori said that poor people were victims of the situation along the borders.
NC’s Mian Altaf suggested the government to form a team of MLAs who would visit the border areas and take stock of the situation.
“This government has failed,” yelled the opposition members. “There is no seriousness towards border people.”
As they raised anti-government slogans and BJP’s countered it with anti-Pakistan slogans.
NC’s Ali Mohammad Sagar expressed surprise over what he said “conflicting” statements coming from PDP and BJP over border issue.
“MP Jugal Kishore would with all-pride say Rs 450 crore has been granted for construction of bunkers while as chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has been appealing for peace along the borders,” Sagar told the house questioning as “what was the stand of the ruling parties”.
Meanwhile, the government also revealed that there were 13 cross-border shelling incidents in 2016 while as such incidents decreased in the following year.
“An amount of Rs 23 lakh was paid to Next of Kin (NoK of 23 deceased while as Rs 6.20 lakh was granted in favour of 110 injured persons due to cross-border shelling,” the government said in a written reply to NC legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar. “Rs 43.66 lakh was paid on account of 165 structures damaged during the period.”

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