The civilian population on both sides of the LoC desire and deserve peace, while their lives depend on the peaceful relations between the two nations.
Special Correspondent | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a forum for peace in the both countries has appealed to the Governments of India, Pakistan to stop ceasefire violations and restore Peace across LoC.
In a statement issued to the media on Monday, Aaghaz-e-Dosti has shown deep concern on recent unfortunate developments across LoC wherein incidents of ceasefire violations causing severe hardships to people living on the both sides of border.
“We, at Aaghaz-e-Dosti are common people, mostly youth, of India and Pakistan, who are concerned about recent unfortunate developments across LoC wherein incidents of ceasefire violations have been widely reported on both sides. This exchange of fire has claimed lives of armed forces personnel and even of civilians on both sides. We are deeply disturbed by reports that border villages have been affected with such cross-border fire where even houses have been damaged.”
It further stated that : “On the Indian side, it is said that over 1000 people have been evacuated from border villages to provide them with safe living areas, and approximately 87 schools have been shut including 51 in Nowshera sector and 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zone. With the shut down of schools, approximately 4600 students are affected. It is said that firing from long range mortars and automatic weapons are still continuing.
We believe that governments on both sides are capable of taking effective and positive measures in this regard
On the Pakistan side, it is said that unprovoked firing from India has resulted in the loss of civilian lives and injury to few others. It is said that the Indian side violated ceasefire in sectors mainly in Karela, Kotkotterra, Sabzkot, Baroh, Tandar, Khanjar”.
Hence, we appeal to the governments and security forces of both sides to find measures to stop these violations, to restore peace and to respect ceasefire agreement of 2003.
It said the civilian population on both sides of the LoC desire and deserve peace, while their lives depend on the peaceful relations between the two nations.
“We believe that governments on both sides are capable of taking effective and positive measures in this regard. We remember that various effective, people friendly measures such as ceasefire agreement, dosti bus service, samjhauta express train service, cross LoC trade routes opening etc have been taken in the past by governments of both sides, and there are so many things that still remain that need to be done in the larger interest of the people, especially for those who are directly affected by such violations”.