India, Pakistan urged to end hostilities on LoC » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, February 17 (KMS): In a joint calling attention petition, the citizens of occupied Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have urged the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, to honor ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control and begin dialogue for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

This initiative was led by two eminent civil society activists across the LoC – Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, daily Kashmir Times, Jammu, and Ershad Mahmud, Executive Director, Center for Peace, Development and Reforms.

The petition has already gained momentum and people are coming together in a significant number to take ownership of this initiative. It so far has got signatures from various senior political leaders, poets, authors, journalists, civil society activists, former civil servants, ex-diplomats and army personnel, as well as people from the academia.

The petition pronounces that if current tension at the borders is allowed to prolong, it will jeopardize the stability of the region and might escalate into an all-out war. Besides, the skirmishes at the LoC augment the sufferings of the people residing not just near the border areas, but eventually of the entire population of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.

It also raises concern regarding the mushrooming growth of radical elements and war mongers in India and Pakistan who exploit the situation on LoC to promote hatred between the two countries. The organizers said that the petition would be soon online for further signatures and support.

Those who signed the petition included Chaudhary Latif Akbar, President of Pakistan Peoples Party; Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, Srinagar; ex-vice-chancellor Siddiq Wahid; Neerja Mattoo, writer and educationist; Farooq Nazki, poet; authors Mir Khalid and Badri Raina; Shujaat Bukhari, Editor Rising Kashmir, Srinagar, Dr Nitasha Kaul, writer and academic, Ghulam Murtza, President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mirpur; Justice Syed Sharif Hussain Bokhari, Lahore; Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) Kapil Kak; Dr Towqeer Gilani, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front; Abdul Khaliq Wasi, Member of Kashmir Council, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz; Shakeel Qalandar, Mubeen Shah of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ambassador Arif Kamal and Shaheen Kausar Dar, ex-Deputy Speaker, AJK Assembly.

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