Mehbooba, Farooq, Omar, others shocked over killings

SRINAGAR: 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, Ms 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 this morning.
The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh has also expressed grief over the LoC shelling incident in which 5 persons from a single family lost their lives and 2 others were injured at Balakote sector in district Poonch this morning.
Dr Singh while praying for early recovery of the injured said that these type of incidents need to be condemned and the perpetrators would be given a befitting reply.
He also prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.
Meanwhile the Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar today visited Government Medical College Hospital Jammu to enquire about the condition of two minor girls injured in shelling from across the border in Poonch district this morning.
Noureen (12) and Mehreen (6) where airlifted to GMCH Jammu for treatment after their entire family including parents and three brothers were killed as a shell hit their house in the forward area of Balakote in district Poonch today.
The Minister asked the doctors at GMCH Jammu to ensure best possible treatment to the girls. He said the Government is taking all the administrative measures to reach out to the affected population in the area.
The Minister was informed by the GMCH authorities that the ill-fated girls are being provided best possible treatment and one of them had to undergo surgery and is now recuperating.
Akhtar said the Government would take full care of these minor girls, who have no one left to look after them in the family.
The Minister expressed deep anguish over the continuing loss of precious human lives and targeting of unsuspecting civilians in cross-LoC firing bringing immense miseries to the people living along the borders in the State.
He also enquired about the condition of those injured in an accident near Hiranagar on Jammu-Pathankote highway today. The injured are undergoing treatment at GMCH Jammu.
The Minister was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar Sharma and other officers of the Divisional and District Administration.