SRINAGAR: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday expressed concern over the escalation in violence between Indian and Pakistani troops along the International border and Line of Control (LoC).
From past few weeks, Indian armed forces and Pakistani rangers have traded fire at many places alongside the border and LoC resulting in several civilian causalities.
“The exchange of gunfire between Pakistani Rangers and Indian BSF personals in which many civilians have died is a matter of concern and all this is happening because of the long-pending Kashmir dispute,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement.
He said that due to the pending dispute, the two nuclear neighbours remain in a “state of war.”
“This situation, anytime, can turn ugly and will burn down the sub-continent into ashes,” he added.
The spokesman appealed the policy makers of both the countries to “show maturity and farsightedness” in this regard. “India and Pakistan must move forward in resolving the long-pending dispute in accordance to the wishes and aspirations of its people,” he added.
“Kashmir dispute is the basic cause of the persisting unpleasant relations and hostilities between the India and Pakistan. So, until this issue isn’t settled, the instability and political uncertainty will continue to hurt the sub-continent and both sides will continue to lose precious human lives,” he added.
He said that the pending dispute was “not only the cause of miseries for the people of Jammu & Kashmir but the billions of people in India and Pakistan too are suffering due to the delay in its resolution.”
Hurriyat Conference (M) also voiced concern over the growing incidents of ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir and said that India and Pakistan need to show political farsightedness to deal with the tense situation.
“The loss of life and property on the borders due to increased hostility between India and Pakistan coupled with displacement of people from their homes are cause for concern.
“The two countries need to exhibit patience and show political farsightedness to deal with the tense situation,” Hurriyat said in a statement after a meeting chaired by its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his residence here.
It the meeting, the executive members of Hurriyat discussed the ongoing political situation with special emphasis on the proposed meeting between National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan besides discussing in detail the tension on borders.
Stressing that the good relations between India and Pakistan were “inevitable for the peace of the region”, the Hurriyat participants reiterated that Kashmir was the core issue between the two countries and its resolution was imperative for bringing peace and stability to South Asia.