Srinagar: Expressing serious concern and anguish over the escalation in violence between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control, resulting in civilian and soldiers’ deaths on both sides besides hardships for people living near the line of control, Huriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday asked the leadership of both countries to desist from military adventurism.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said the consequences of escalation are directly borne by the people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides and poor soldiers, and urged countries to instead show maturity to peacefully resolve the issue and put an end to the conflict raging in the region for the past 70 years.
Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest for the past one month, said the root cause of tension, violence and bitterness between the two nuclear neighbors “is the lingering Kashmir dispute”.
He added that while the situation at LOC was war like, it was no different in Kashmir itself “which has been declared a war zone witnessing relentless killing of youth and civilians arbitrary arrests and harassment of young boys and subjecting them to torture”.
The APHC chairman said that until both countries show a will to resolve the issue innocent lives will continue to be lost and Kashmiris will continue to suffer.
Mirwaiz said New Delhi has to shun its “military approach” in dealing with the people of Kashmir and both India and Pakistan have to initiate serious steps towards resolving the basic dispute of Kashmir.
He stressed that in present day world wars and repression do not resolve issues.
“India relents its rigidity it is high time that all the three stakeholders to the dispute India, Pakistan and most importantly the people of Kashmir get together and deliberate and resolve the dispute keeping the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir in view, once for all,” Mirwaiz said.