India asks Pak to end ceasefire violations along border

India asks Pak to end ceasefire violations along border

India asks Pak to end ceasefire violations along border
India today asked Pakistan to put an immediate end to ceasefire violations along the border in Jammu and Kashmir as the ground realities in the country had changed.

"Pakistan should realise that the situation in India has changed now," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

He was reacting to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu district in which five villagers were killed and 29 injured.

The Narendra Modi government had adopted a tough stance vis-a-vis Pakistan and even cancelled Foreign Secretary level talks in August after Pakistan embassy in New Delhi had called separatist leaders from Kashmir for consultations.

Singh said he has spoken to BSF Director General D K Pathak to get first hand information about the situation in Arina area along the International Border in Jammu region.

"DG, BSF has been instructed to rush to the border areas of J&K where incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported," he said.

Last time Singh had asked the BSF chief to give a befitting reply to Pakistan for violating the ceasefire in the state.

Congress and BJP said the ceasefire violations by Pakistan were a "serious" issue and it should desist from such activities.

"Whatever Pakistan is doing is certainly a serious matter. And we want to tell Pakistan that indulging in such activities is not good for that country," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Condemning Pakistan's actions, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said it is despicable that such incidents have occurred on Eid. "There cannot be anything worse than this," the Congress leader said.

Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad wondered why the Modi government was keeping silent on the violations.

"It is most unfortunate that firing is going on from Pakistan side in Jammu and Kashmir and at this juncture any firing from across the border is very very critical. It is most unfortunate that the Government is also keeping silent," he said.

Taking pot shots at the Prime Minister, Azad asked where had the bravado shown during election rallies vanished. "They were daring Pakistan before elections but now they are silent," Azad said.