From the divided parts of Kashmir, a unanimous call: ‘End militancy’

From the divided parts of Kashmir, a unanimous call: ‘End militancy’

Srinagar: For the first time in the past three decades of militancy, political leaders and civil society members from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and Pakistan have called for an “end to militancy”.
Last month, British non-governmental organisation (NGO), Conciliation Resources, in collaboration with the Kashmir Initiative Group hosted a three-day meeting in Dubai in which “distinguished” political and civil society representatives from both sides participated.
The speakers stressed that the “cessation of hostilities be ensured on all sides”, while recommending that the neighbours return to the 2003 LoC ceasefire agreement. The 2003 agreement was signed between former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and then Pakistan president General Parvez Musharraf.
“They (the participants) recommended that a cessation of hostilities be ensured on all sides and the ceasefire established in 2003 be respected. They urged for confidence-building measures to be strengthened and new routes to be opened for trade and travel across the Line of Control,” said a statement issued by the NGO on its website.
Pakistan newspaper Awaaz-e-Kashmir reported that the participants’ call for an “end to militancy” was significant, given that India had always accused Pakistan of supporting militancy in the region. On this, the paper said, the participants “accepted” India’s stand.
Among the participants from Kashmir were human rights activist Khurram Parvez, National Conference leader Nasir Aslam Wani, and journalists Shujaat Bukhari, Iftikhar Gilani and Zahir-ud Din. The speakers from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) were: Speaker of Assembly Ghulam Qadir, legislators Abdul Rashid Turabi and Irshad Mehmood. Pakistan’s former army general Assad Durani, Air Vice-Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, and BJP leader Vikram Randhawa were also participants and speakers at the conference.
The NGO’s website said that the participants discussed the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir and “emphasised the need for dialogue and relief measures”.
Youth exchange programmes between the two sides of the border and the opening of new trade routes along the LoC were also recommended.
One of the participants said that the speakers were unanimous that “militancy should end as it has resulted in loss of bloodshed and has done more damage to our cause internationally than any favour.”
“The ongoing situation was discussed and almost everyone from Kashmir admitted militancy is no solution and that it should be stopped,” the participant told Kashmir Reader.


4 Responses to "From the divided parts of Kashmir, a unanimous call: ‘End militancy’"

  1. LogicalIndian   August 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    .Until n Unless militancy ends, nothing will be fruitful. All this is forcing GoI to rethink its Kashmir Strategy, some harsh measures cud be taken…like ending 35A n 370….n then wat…protests-suppression-loss of lives..But in the End GoI’s objective of a final solution might get success… So peaceful protests r only solution. Also Kahmiris will have to understand dat Pakistan is a failed isnt able to help herself…what it can do for others…Kashmir will repent this continued Militancy….its all futile. They cant beat brute IndianForces…..just impossible….better to leave all this violence….stop looking upto Pakistan.

  2. Logical Kashmiri   August 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Noob…They want u to understand dat Militancy is not a threat to Indian forces, but to Kashmir’s cause..our cause..It wud not get support unless militance ends…it like an excuse for forces to continue their acts….The people in d conference want to convey this msg….
    But then i Think u r not a Kashmiri..but a Porki Pig, instigating Kashmiris, u fkr pakistanis….u fund hurriyat to instigate us….They have ruined our cause.kashmir is not ur blood so u keep on instigating them…Porki Pigs…we dont need u…stop interfering…u cudnt even keep ur shit 2gether..B’gd in 1971…..n now u r helping others. Keep ur shit intact first..leave kashmir to us.

  3. P C Dash   August 16, 2017 at 11:23 am

    People just cant be forced to join militancy.It is the lure for money, drugs and women that turn some into militants. This is what one surrendered militant has told in recent past. I think the answer to such a problem lies within the family structures. let people grow in harmony within their families. I suspect some unwanted practices particularly within Kashmir’s society makes it hard to have a decent peaceful family. Such things can be easily identified and abandoned.

  4. Reshi   August 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

    200 kashmiri youths seems to u the threat for peace which were forced to join militancy. But the million forces present here seem to u intelectuals the peace keeping persons. U actually have want what india is
    thinking. What the dialogue had yielded from 1947 hurriyat leaders and common peoples house and jail detentions. Killing and maiming kashmiris. If now militancy seems threat to u people , where were u and the government when there was peace an no militancy or few in 2007- 2016july. What is the idea u people want kashmiris to understand.