Srinagar, January 10, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leadership have called for resolution of the Kashmir issue to prevent escalation of tension between Pakistan and India, while pro-India leaders urged restraint. The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani in an interview with a Srinagar-based English daily said that unless the “line drawn between parts of Kashmir is not wiped out,” hostilities between India and Pakistan would continue.
“Unless the Kashmir dispute is addressed in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris such unwanted incidents will continue to occur and result in human losses,” he said, adding, “At a time when world is treading the path of development and prosperity at a fast speed, both countries are in a state of war because of Kashmir.”
He said, such incidents in the future can trigger another war between the two countries. “Since both the countries possess nuclear weapons, the consequences of such a war will be disastrous for the entire” South Asia and even threaten the “very survival of the two nations.”
Senior APHC leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt said, “We seek to promote a congenial political climate so that Kashmir issue is resolved. We seek flutter of hearts with happiness and not roar of gun along the Line of Control.”
Pro-India opposition party in the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Peoples Democratic Party urged need for restraint while underling that continuation of truce at LoC was fundamental to any progress on resolution of Kashmir issue. “It is unfortunate. It should not have happened. We condemn this use of force and we call for restraint because ultimately it’s the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are worst affected by Pak-India hostilities,” PDP Spokesman, Naeem Akhtar said.
Ruling National Conference also condemned the incident and termed it “unacceptable” in a civilized society. “We strongly condemn this act as it unacceptable in civilized society. But at the same time there is need for restraint because if there is problem at LoC, the dialogue process between two countries might get derailed,” NC Spokesman, Tanvir Sadiq said.
A Pakistani soldier was martyred and another injured when Indian troops came across the Line of Control at Haji Pir sector in Bagh on Sunday (January 6). On Wednesday, Indian army claimed that two of its troops were found dead along the LOC during search operation. The incidents raised tension between the two countries.
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