Jammu: Five members of a family were killed and two others critically injured on Sunday in Pakistan shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, police said. "Better late than never... when I last met the Prime Minister, I appealed him to act like an elder brother and persuade Pakistan for a peaceful engagement and work jointly against poverty, unemployment and deprivation", said the Chief Minister.
Ms Mufti reiterated that dialogue and reconciliation were the only means to get the state and the region out of this vicious cycle of blood spilling, for which she appealed to all sections of society and the governments to support.
She appealed to the prime minister to take lead in getting Jammu and Kashmir out of "this bloodbath and help people in leading peaceful and normal life".
Mehbooba also handed over cheques of Rs 3 lakh each toward the educational expenses of the two daughters of the family who too were injured in yesterdays shelling incident in Balakote sector, an official spokesman said. Similarly, she said, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi also took the bold step of visiting Lahore but unfortunately incidents like Pathankote nearly stalled the process.
Terming the Partition of the country as unfortunate, the Chief Minister said, "We are paying a heavy price".
She said it is very unfortunate when people elsewhere are demanding better facilities, residents of border areas in the state were asking for bunkers. She described people living in border areas as the country's "first line of defence".
Earlier on her arrival, Mufti met the mother and other kin of the family whose members were killed in yesterday's shelling.