SRINAGAR: Expressing surprise over condemnations by politicians and top officials on cross border shelling that has resulted in loss of lives and property on both sides of the LoC, AIP president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday appealed governments of India and Pakistan “not to befool the people of the subcontinent as key road to peace lies with them”.
Interacting with people of different walks of life at Tantrypora, Palhalan and Rambir Grah Pattan in north Kashmir, Er Rasheed said those who can stop bloodshed are just using words to condole the tragic game of death and destruction.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should realise that life of every human being is precious and no one on earth can compensate human lives. “Provoking innocent citizens in the name of ultra nationalism fetches nothing on both the sides of LoC and the only way to stop these human tragedies is to resolve seventy-year-long pending Kashmir dispute,” he said.
“Those who get killed are either soldiers or common men and it is very difficult for anyone especially the rulers in New Delhi and Islamabad to understand the “real pain” of the families who are being forced to celebrate the deaths of their beloved ones “in the name of nationalism”.
“Those sitting in cozy rooms and making hue and cry over the killing have never felt pain of Kashmiris and now need to realise that it is just the blame game that has been keeping this dirty war going on without yielding anything,” MLA Langate said. “Those who accuse another country of targeting civilians need to understand that none of the sides is showering flowers on the other side. Till Kashmir issue is not resolved, nobody can give a guarantee for permanent peace, neither at borders nor anywhere in the entire subcontinent.”
Rasheed appealed to prime ministers of both countries to “show magnanimity and come forward to make beginning of a new era by giving up egos and adopting the realistic attitude to resolve all issues including the core issue of Jammu & Kashmir”.
The AIP president reminded those throwing venom in TV studios and cozy rooms over few killings at borders not to forget that “on 20 January 1990, dozens of Kashmiris were butchered at Gawkadal by Indian forces and the killings went unnoticed till date for the reason that New Delhi has made it a state policy to deny Kashmiris justice”.
He appealed to “credible voices” on both sides of the LoC not to forget what Kashmiris have seen for the last 27 years while they condemn killings at the borders.