Srinagar: National Conference on Saturday called for an end to skirmishes on Line of Control (LOC) in Karnah, saying it is the people living along LOC that bear the brunt of escalating tensions in the border region.
Expressing concern over the losses inquired by people in Karnah, MP Baramulla and North Zone President Muhammad Akbar Lone, Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Kafilul ur Rehman, and Dr Sajad Shafi Uri have in a joint statement expressed unison with the affected families and impressed upon the administration to come to their rescue. “Such skirmishes are no less than a terrible nightmare for the locals; the situation in the forward posts has remained as it is since long, making the lives of locals miserable. However it is for the first time that the spawn of such skirmishes has increased upto Karanah. A local mosque and scores of dwellings have incurred heavy losses in the incident leading to widespread distress in the region,” they said.
They said the consequences of the flair-up of tensions is excruciatingly felt by the people who along with their belongings and livestock become cannon fodder of such cross border skirmishes. “These skirmishes also have a chilling effect on the economic activities of the people, dwelling in border areas and other forward posts as well. Caught between the devil and the deep sea, they aren’t able to manage their household chores and look after their farms. Peace on the border is far more indispensable since any fall out there has its direct impact on the daily lives of the locals. Ubiquitous tension on borders besides affecting the economic activities also causes mental trepidation to the elderly and children,” they added. They impressed upon the administration to provide immediate relief to the people whose dwellings have incurred heavy damages due to the incessant cross border shelling. “The damage to the property and livestock of the local should be assessed without delay and compensated instantaneously,” they added.