Srinagar – Expressing deep concern at the increased incidents of ceasefire violation on LOC and international border Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condoled the death of three persons at Churanda in Uri the other day. In a statement the party president Mehbooba Mufti urged the Prime Minister to intervene and arrest the down slide in border situation which has generated fear and panic among the people there.
Mehbooba said it was unfortunate that three persons had lost their life in perhapse the worst incident of ceasefire violation since 2003. She conveyed her condolences and solidarity with the bereaved family.
Mehbooba said ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the historic Vajpayee initiative had a great salutary effect on the lives of people living in border areas from Kargil to Kathua. She said for the first time in decades people in those areas heaved a sigh of relief and could lead a normal life and persued their farming and other activities without fear. I urge the Prime Minister to use his good offices and influence in ensuring that the state does not return to a similar situation, she said.
Mehbooba said the silencing of guns along the border had made other important initiatives possible which included the trade and travel across the LoC. She said while there is a need to lift the LOC trade and travel to the next level by removing hassles and upgrading logistical support major violations in ceasefire could result in serious set back to every thing that had been achieved since 2003. She said the Prime Minister has himself invested a lot in Indo Pak relations with encouraging results but unless a special care was taken to uphold the interests of Jammu & Kashmir the process would remain vulnerable to events. She said the 2003 initiative resulted in longest surviving ceasefire and progress on other fronts chiefly because it was driven by a desire for peace from the state and unless J&K specific measures are continued the process will lack credibility. People of J&K must get peace dividends first as it is they who have borne the brunt of wars and hostility between the two countries Mehbooba said.
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