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Centre ropes in CMs to initiate steps to protect civilians near border areas

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The rising civilian casualties on the visibly tense India -Pakistan border due to cross border firing has prompted the Modi government to rope in chief ministers of border states to chalk out measures to ensure the safety of people residing in the border areas.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said he has spoken to chief ministers of states that border Pakistan to take adequate steps to ensure the safety of civilians. He was responding to questions on the measures initiated by the Centre to evacuate civilians in the wake of Pakistani troops shelling civilian areas.

Singh hinted at the continuing hardened stand on Pakistan as he said nobody would be allowed to hurt the sovereignty and integrity of India. "I have already said India's pride and respect will not be compromised," he said to questions on rising hostilities on the border.

The minister said the first secretary in the Pakistan High Commission would represent Pakistan at the 'Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction' which would be held in the next two days, putting to rest speculations on whether Pakistan would boycott the event being hosted by New Delhi.

Eight civilians, including four women and two children, were killed as Pakistani soldiers fired at villages along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, causing highest number of casualties in the recent times.

In retaliatory fire, the BSF and the army destroyed 14 Pakistani posts.

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