JAMMU: National Conference President Farooq Abdullah today expressed concern over ceasefire violations by Pakistan, saying the shelling has made the life of people living along the border areas miserable.
"We are concerned over the ceasefire violations and the recurrence of shelling which has made the life of people living along Line of Control and International Border miserable," Abdullah said.
"Bloodshed is no solution to problems; peace has to be given a chance as the people of the region are deeply yearning for it," Abdullah said while addressing party workers at the border township of Mendhar in Poonch district.
Abdullah, accompanied by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, is currently on a four-day visit of the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
He expressed solidarity with the people and called for effective measures to instill a sense of security in them, as normal activities have been brought to a grinding halt in these areas and the people are living under constant threat and perpetual fear.
"The farmers are not venturing out to their fields, children are deprived of their education and the people are forced to leave their homes and hearths for safety," he said even as he asked how long shall border dwellers remain at the receiving end.
Responding to complaints about administrative apathy towards the suffering population, Abdullah said the coalition government cannot give up its responsibility towards mitigating their problem in terms of timely medical support and necessary assistance to shelling victims.
"True the governance is at the lowest ebb, the challenge unfolded by the man-made tragedy is to be met," he said.