SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chief Minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir Omar Abdullah said Friday that New Delhi should strongly take up repeated cease-fire violations on the line-of-control (LoC) with Islamabad as it was getting "more serious."
"I don't understand who is behind this (cease-fire violation) and with what thinking this is being done. Our Prime Minister recently met Pakistani Prime Minister in New York and they talked about the cease-fire violations there. Instead of finding a solution to it, the issue is getting more serious," Abdullah told reporters in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
On Thursday five civilians including three children were wounded in the frontier village of Najwal in Pargwal sector on LoC during an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani border guards. Indian officials said a mortar shell fired by Pakistani Rangers landed in the village wounding civilians.
"The way civilian areas were targeted by Pakistani shelling yesterday, it does not seem that their intentions are good," said Abdullah. "I would request the government of India to take up the issue with the government of Pakistan in a strong manner."
New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe cease-fire along the international border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the cease-fire remains in effect.
LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani controlled parts.
The Chief Minister, however, said the cease-fire agreement between India and Pakistan has remained the most successful part of peace process between the two countries.
"If it (cease-fire agreement) breaks, it will be difficult to restore," he said. "We want cease-fire agreement to remain in force so that people living near the border and LoC sustain their life comfortably."
Skirmishes between troops posted on LoC have occurred almost daily since August 6. Both sides have suffered troop as well as civilian casualties during the standoff on 720 km-long LoC.
Reports said Indian Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is likely to visit Indian-controlled Kashmir next week to review the situation on LoC in the wake of an increase in the frequency of cease-fire violations.
New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other for resorting to unprovoked firing.Last month the prime ministers of the two nuclear-armed neighbors during their meeting on the sidelines of UN general assembly agreed to reduce tension along LoC in Kashmir as the first step towards comprehensive peace in the region.
New Delhi accuses Islamabad of providing arms and training to Kashmiri militants. However, Islamabad says it only provides moral and political support to Kashmiris.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from British in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.