Jammu: The "demon of terrorism" which was created and nourished by Pakistan is slowly "devouring" that very country, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has said.

"Pakistan has not learnt to mend its ways despite the fact that the country itself is on the verge of disintegration. The situation which prevails in Balochistan, north-west and in Sindh, the demons which they have given birth too... the demon of terrorism, the very same demon is now devouring Pakistan," he told reporters in Jammu today.

"The need of the hour for Pakistan was to join hands with India and make a joint strategy to counter terrorism but they are not understanding the gravity of the situation and the way it has been targeting and firing on our borders in which many civilians were injured, shows that they have not learned a lesson from their own blunders," he said.

The Minister said that Pakistan was also suffering in the process as the Indian security forces were giving a befitting reply to cross border firing.

"We are proud that our BSF and other security forces guarding the border are giving a befitting reply and Pakistan is also facing the heat", he said.

When asked about construction of safe bunkers for the border residents, Mr Singh said, "Principally the state and the Centre have agreed (for the construction of bunkers along the IB). There is a process involved to acquire the land. There is a system and it is part of our priority but at present the situation which prevails (on the border) we have made arrangements to shift the people to safer places along with providing them food and other requirements," he said.

Mr Singh noted that while providing plots to border residents at safer places was on the priority list of the government, the government does not want the people to completely vacate the borders.

Courtesy NDTV