Kashmir Parties Welcome Indo-Pak Thaw

Srinagar- All major mainstream parties in Kashmir besides All Parties Hurriyat Conference Thursday welcomed the agreement between armies of India and Pakistan on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors.

“We welcome it and hope that the statement will be followed in letter & spirit. JKNC has always been a strong supporter of the ceasefire along the LoC,” the party said in a statement.

“This will allow people living along the LoC & IB (International Border) to go about their normal lives with minimal disruption & risk,” the party said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet welcomed the ceasefire announcement and said dialogue was the only way forward.

“A big & welcome development that India & Pakistan have agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC. Dialogue is the only way forward if both countries want to stop the unending cycle of violence & bloodshed across the borders and J&K,” Mehbooba said.

India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors, according to a joint statement on Thursday.

The decision on ceasefire, effective since Wednesday midnight, was taken at a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan.

“In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence,” according to the joint statement.

Hurriyat Hails Truce Agreement

The Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also welcomed the agreement between armies of India and Pakistan on ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, and said it will provide a huge relief to the “beleaguered” people.

“It is a move in the right direction, which will provide huge relief to the beleaguered people living under constant threat on the LoC and end the bloodshed there,” the Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz said in a statement.

The Hurriyat said the governments of India and Pakistan need to address the core concern of Jammu and Kashmir in keeping with the aspirations of its people.

The separatist conglomerate said that “talks is the best means to address this concern and we have always advocated it”.



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