Pulwama Attack: Pakistan India’s Peoples Forum Urged Both Countries to Resume ‘Unconditional Dialogue’

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Urging the Indian government to open ‘channels of negotiation with the people of Kashmir’, the forum said “Apart from fighting militants militarily, Indian government must open channels of negotiation with the people of Kashmir and introduce genuine confidence building measures to pave way for a more structured dialogue”.

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NEW DELH–Expressing shock and sorrow over ‘the loss of lives of 44 CRPF personnel in a militant attack’, Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) urged New Delhi and Islamabad to ‘resume composite and unconditional dialogue’.

“New Delhi and Islamabad must resume composite and unconditional dialogue between India and Pakistan and make people of Jammu and Kashmir an inclusive part of the dialogue,” reads the press statement released by the peace advocacy group over the militant attack happened on Thursday.

Urging the Indian government to open ‘channels of negotiation with the people of Kashmir’, the forum said “Apart from fighting militants militarily, Indian government must open channels of negotiation with the people of Kashmir and introduce genuine confidence building measures to pave way for a more structured dialogue”.

The forum also raised ‘several pertinent questions’ regarding the attack and begged answers from the concerned authority. “According to some reports intelligence inputs about an impending attack were available with the security agencies. Also, the entire highway where the attack took place, is heavily sanitized. The militant who carried out the attack released his video talking about a fidayeen strike before the attack. All these reports suggest a possible security lapse that must be probed along with questions of how such a huge quantity of explosives was piled up and stored. It must also be investigated as to why such a large convoy of military personnel was moving together, in a conflict zone like Kashmir,” reads the press release.

Condemning ‘all acts of terror whether perpetrated by state or non-state actors’, the forum said “While India and Pakistan must conduct investigations into this attack, the attack is a clear outcome of flawed Kashmir-centric policies of the Indian government and the misplaced claims of wiping out militancy from Kashmir. The rigid muscular policy pursued by the Government of India, without any attempts for a political outreach, have created conditions that are conducive for militancy”.

Criticizing the repressive policy of the government in the Kashmir valley, the forum said “Excessive repression in the Kashmir valley, particularly since 2016, with men, women and children being killed and maimed with bullets and pellets, highly disproportionate scale of crackdowns and arrests and increasing graph of human rights violations often pushes young men to pick up the gun against the state. It is not out of place to mention that militancy is an off-shoot of a deeper malaise including an unaddressed political dispute, subversion of democracy and democratic rights of people and neglect of human rights violations”.

On Thursday, 44 CRPF jawans were killed when a militant suicide bomber’s vehicle laden with heavy explosives rammed into the convoy of military.

 

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