J&K Pradesh Congress Committee President Ghulam Ahmed Mir today visited forward areas in RS Pura, here, to meet the families affected by firing and shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces.
Mir, who as per a party spokesman, was accompanied by senior Congress leaders, expressed heartfelt condolences to the victims' families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
On this occasion, the PCC Chief expressed deep concern over the escalation in border firing in the recent months and regretted that people all along the J&K borders and LoC are witnessing the most difficult periods in the recent years, the spokesman said in a statement.
Stating that there is something seriously wrong in our policy to deal with the current situation, Mir, as per the spokesman, said "hurling threats at each other would not yield fruits" and asked Pakistan to desist from indulging in "war-rhetoric". "Instead they should co-operate in restoring peace and normalcy on the borders for creating congenial atmosphere for the talks", he said, while adding that meaningful dialogue is not possible in the midst of shelling and sponsoring militant activities in the State.
Responding to the issues of the border residents, Mir favoured early steps to restore calm and normalcy on the borders so that prevailing atmosphere is contained.
He also demanded adequate enhancement in the relief/compensation to those killed and permanently disabled in the firing.