PoK Civil Society Groups Urge India, Pak To Avoid Tension On LoC

PoK Civil Society Groups Urge India, Pak To Avoid Tension On LoC

21 September 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: Various civil society groups in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) today urged India and Pakistan to avoid tension on the Line of Control and promote intra-Kashmir trade and human contacts. “Instead trading bullets on disputed Kashmir region, India and Pakistan should boost Intra-Kashmir trade and people-to-people contact, so that the divided region can prosper economically and historical relations among local divided populations could be strengthened,” they said in a statement issued from PoK on World Peace Day. The International Day of Peace was observed in PoK with the pledge for “collaborative focus” on worldwide peace to encourage all of humanity to work in cooperation for this goal. According to the statement, candles were lit in the memory of deaths of civilians in the different parts of the world, including victims of Kashmir imbroglio. “To highlight the significance of the day, seminars, walks, rallies and other special activities and celebrations were organised by the Press for Peace (PFP), a local campaign group which struggles for promotion of peace and tolerance in the region,” the statement added. It said the PFP Bagh chapter arranged a walk to mark the day. A large number of people, including journalists, lawyers and school children took part in the walk. The participants were holding different banners and placards inscribed with pro-peace slogans. The peace walk culminated into a rally where office- bearers of local civil society organisations delivered speeches about need of peace and tolerance in the society. The speakers also emphasised upon urgent need of resolution of the Kashmir conflict according to wishes of the people. They also called upon India and Pakistan to reduce their defence budget and allocate their resources for social and economic development of the poverty-ridden public. They supported truce on the LoC, terming that post-ceasefire hostilities had damaged their education, health and livelihood, therefore, India and Pakistan must give peace a chance. They also appreciated the United Nations for coining the theme of ‘Education for Peace’ for this year world peace celebrations.