People expect positive response to ceasefire by all sides Mehbooba

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that people want to live in peace and expect positive response to ceasefire by all sides. “Killings in cross border firing are highly unfortunate and these occurred when the holy month of Ramadhan had just begun and people had heaved sigh of relief due to the Centre’s welcome step of halting security operations in the State,” Ms Muftis said during her visit to R S Pura to condole with the families whose kin were killed in cross border shelling at Arnia and R S Pura on May 18. Mufti said the people of the State, who have gone through very tough times in the past, want to live a peaceful life free from violence and killings. “The Centre’s move of halting security operations has generated a hope among people who expect positive reciprocation to it by all stakeholders to let people of the State come out of the zero-sum game of killings and uncertainty,” she added and said that World over people are coming to peaceful engagement of issues as acrimony and violence has led them nowhere except deaths, destruction and devastation. The way North and South Korea decided to walk on peaceful engagement is an encouraging signal to the entire world that issues, no matter how complex these might be, can only be settled through negotiations peacefully as violence only kills, both humans and spirits as well. On the occasion, the Chief Minister also disbursed cash assistance of Rs one lakh each among the families whose kin were killed in the cross-border shelling of past few days. “This assistance is over and above the ex gratia relief already paid to them through Jammu Divisional administration,” said Ms Mufti and directed the Jammu Divisional administration to prepare a report of the damages suffered to houses and dwelling units during the border shelling.