Srinagar, Mar 18: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah have expressed shock and anguish over the killing of a couple and their three minor sons in shelling by Pakistani troops in Balakote sector on Sunday.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, Mehbooba said, ”Anguished to hear of 5 people losing their lives in the crossfire along the LoC in the Balakote sector of Poonch.
My deepest condolences to their family.” Dr Abdullah tweeted,” Shocked over killing of five civilians of a single family in #Poonch due to cross LoC shelling.
Reiterate appeal for immediate restoration of ceasefire. Extend heartfelt condolences to the kith and kin of the deceased.” Omar tweeted,” very sad. Allah jannat naseeb karey.” Mohammad Ramzan (35), his wife Malika Bi (32), son Abdul Rehman (14), Mohammad Rizwan (12) and Razak Ramzan (7) were killed and two daughters Nasreen Kousar (11) and Mahreen Kousar (5) were injured in the unprovoked shelling by Pak troops in Balakote sector Mendhar Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, expressing anguish over the loss of five precious lives due to cross LOC firing in Balakote Mendhar area of District Poonch, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir today strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilian, saying that the regular ceasefire violations fallout of wrong and weak foreign policy of NDA Govt at Centre.
I have no words to express my pain over the loss of innocent people, G.A. Mir said, adding that the people living near LOC have been braving the brunt of ceasefire violations for no fault of theirs.
Blaming Centre Govt for failing to put an end to cross LOC Firing, PCC President censured Centre Govt especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ignoring agony and anguish of border people, as that, Centre has miserably failed to ensure safety of border people.
G A Mir offered heartfelt condolences go bereaved family and sympathized with them. He also urged upon State Govt to provide full compensation affected people.