J&K parties welcome truce agreement

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/26/2021 12:56:39 PM

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Feb 25: Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir today 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.
Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti, welcomed the agreement of ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the border.
Taking to her Twitter handle, Mehboobawelcomed 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 and bloodshed across the borders and J&K," Mehbooba said.
National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah also welcomed the agreement between the DGMOS of India and Pakistan armies to observe ceasefire alongside LOC and IB, saying the measure will go a long way towards sustainable peace between the two neighbouring countries.
“The agreement between the DGMOS of India and Pakistan will go a long way in ushering long lasting peace alongside LOC, and IB,” Farooq said as per a statement
“NC has always been a strong votary of Indo-Pak peace. It is the people of Jammu and Kashmir that have been facing the brunt of escalating tensions alongside the borders. I hope the agreement is followed in letter and spirit. The development, I sincerely believe, will allow people living alongside LOC, IB to go about their normal lives with minimal disruption and risk,” he said.
The former three-time chief minister said that the profound negative impact of the animosity between the two neighboring countries was faced by the people who lived alongside the border. “The agreement, I believe if followed by the book, will help advance the collaboration between the two neighboring countries. I have all along been saying that spilling of blood on either side of the borders is unjustifiable in today’s emancipated world. The cessation of hatred between the two countries will help both the countries concentrate more on their respective population’s wellbeing. I hope the development doesn’t go down as short-lived flutter but increases the possibility of some forward advancement towards the resolution of all impending issues lingering between the two neighboring nations,” he said.
Farooq added, “I hope the respective sides will further use dialogue to resolve any unforeseen situation, and misunderstanding. I on behalf of my party welcome the move with a view that it augurs well for increased prospects of peace and prosperity in the entire region in particular Jammu and Kashmir.”
Congress has said that it always favoured any intiatives aimed at restoration of peace on the borders and LOC and ensuring safety of our residents and jawans in Jammu and Kashmir but questioned whether the infiltration and cross border Terrorism has been stopped by Pakistan.
Reacting to the latest developments, JKPCC Chief G A Mir has questioned the Modi government for its flip flop policy as it had been stating that the talks and terrorism / cross border firing can't go together.
BJP had been always saying that the no talks are possible with Pakistan till it stops cross border terrorism and infiltration. It had been targeting the previous UPA government for track two diplomacy and dialogue on the ground that no talks should be held till Pakistan stops cross border Terrorism and firing. It always advocated tough posturing with Pakistan by claiming that you need 56" chest to deal with Pakistan.
The Manmohan Singh govt always dealt with Pakistan firmly on all fronts but the doors of dialogue were never closed and the border situation as well infiltration situation was much better than the worst record of Modi government.
“Seemingly Indo Pak detente. Don’t know how long the goodwill stay only to be replaced by the perpetual bad. Not being negative. But tempted to say. They can play friend and enemies whenever they want. Wish we Kashmiris learn our lessons. And we won’t learn. Never have. Never will,” Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone tweeted.
Meanwhile, The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Thursday welcomed the agreement of ceasefire between India and Pakistan.
In a statement, Hurriyat said, “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.”
APHC said that just as the joint statement correctly points out “that 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 the peace and lead to violence” , likewise, in the interest of mutually beneficial and sustainable peace in the entire region , Governments of India and Pakistan need to address the core concern of J&K in keeping with the aspirations of its people, which is the cause of conflict and violence in the region.”
APHC said that talks are the best means to address this concern and the organisation has always advocated it.
While welcoming the Indo-Pak mutual adherence of ceasefire agreement, Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) chairman ShujaZaffar has termed the silencing of guns on border a tribute to humanity.
“Bloodshed of humanity is no solution, dialogue is the only way forward. This is a big welcome development. This historical agreement will benefit people on both sides of border” he hoped.
While as Qazi Imran, president of the front appealed to the people of both countries to contribute in this direction to achieve peace which will help the younger generation of both countries to flourish.



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