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Amid bloodbath on Jammu borders, ministers enjoy ceasefire in Kashmir
5/23/2018 11:51:30 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 23: Even as the border areas of Jammu region have been witnessing bloodbath at the hands of Pakistani forces, the ministers from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janta Party alliance are busy with their routine works in Kashmir.
While thousands of people living along Jammu borders have been forced to migration, most of the ministers are busy relishing fruits of so called ceasefire in Kashmir where weather conditions are quite favorable.
When Jammu was mourning five fresh civilian killings and injuries to several others, most of the senior ministers including the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister were busy attending meetings in Kashmir.
Same was true for other Cabinet ministers who remained busy in Kashmir taking it a normal day when Jammu borders were literally burning.
The handouts issued by the Information Department showed the business of the ministers in Kashmir when the people of Jammu needed them the most.
While the Deputy Chief Minister, as per the official handouts, attended meetings in Kashmir, same holds true for other ministers.
Observers said given the warlike situation in Jammu region, the ministers should have ensured getting camped in the affected region. "Did people vote them to power so that they leave us alone when the government attention is needed the most," said a teacher at Jammu University on the condition of anonymity.
A senior official at the Civil Secretariat said the government should have come up with special camp office of ministers in Jammu to keep track of developments in the border areas.
"People need the attention of ministers when thousands are shelter less. There's a need to issue standing orders but unfortunately no such camp office has been established in the region and people have been left to fend for themselves," the official said.
Over 40,000 border villagers were forced to migration from their homes as cross-border shelling continued in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts on Wednesday, officials said.
While some of the migrants have taken shelter in makeshift camps, others preferred to shift to the houses of relatives and friends.
The Pakistani forces resorted to "unprovoked" shelling and firing at the Border Security Force and civilian facilities for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, a police official said.
Earlier on Tuesday, 18 civilians were injured in the Pakistani shelling in R.S. Pura and Ramgarh sectors.
Dozens of cattle have also perished in shelling while houses and other structures have suffered huge damage.
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