SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said the ongoing skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani armies on the LoC is taking a serious toll on the people living on the both sides as they are losing their properties and lives and live under a perpetual threat.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said in the past, many innocent lives on both sides of the Line of Control have been consumed by shelling.
He said the continuous exchange of firing by both armies is casting a shadow of war in the region which can engulf the entire South Asia and lead to huge destruction. He said the leadership of India and Pakistan must accept the ground realities and play their part in stopping a “big catastrophe” which can lead to mass destruction.
The spokesperson urged the leadership and all the political parties of both nuclear powers to help resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute “which is the main reason for tension and exchange of firing at the LoC”.
“APHC has always stated that pending Kashmir issue and the continuous human rights violation of the people of Kashmir were the basic reasons for the military confrontation on LoC between both the nuclear powers. Without the resolution of Kashmir issue, peace was not possible in the region. The need of the hour was that the leadership of India and Pakistan show seriousness in resolving the Kashmir conflict to prevent further deterioration of the situation in Kashmir and to begin with, a meaningful and a sustained dialogue was a must.”
The spokesperson stressed upon the Government of India to shun its “rigid and stubborn” approach and take concrete steps to take all the parties including Pakistan and the people of Kashmir on board for a meaningful dialogue so that Kashmir issue is resolved as per the aspirations of people of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson paid rich tributes to slain Jaish-e-Muhammad militant Noor Muhammad Tantray of Tral who was killed in a gunfight with government forces on Monday night at Samboora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.