Jammu: Union Minister Jitendra Singh Wednesday visited border areas which have come under heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, interacted with the senior officials of the security forces and state administration, officials said.
"I think this is not the time to make any politically loaded statement," he told reporters here when asked for his reaction on the frequent ceasefire violations.
Pakistani troops have targeted 50 border out posts (BoPs) and 35 hamlets overnight along the 192-km boundary. The escalation has triggered an exodus, with 16,000 people moving to safer areas from border villages.
Eight people have been killed and 71 others, including BSF jawans, injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along LoC and International Border in Jammu and Poonch districts since October 1, this year.