India, Pak paying no heed to peace appeals by Kashmiri leaders

India, Pak paying no heed to peace appeals by Kashmiri leaders
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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Mar 20: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has once again renewed her appeal for peace and has asked India and Pakistan to have some mercy on people of Kashmir.
Five members of a family getting killed in the cross LoC firing at Mendhar, Poonch in Jammu region has once again brought to fore that India and Pakistan are at war with each other. “I appeal to the two countries to have mercy on Kashmiris. I appeal to Prime Minister NarendraModi and rulers of Pakistan to stop this shelling,” Mehbooba said during her recent visit to Mendhar, where she had gone to express solidarity with the family which lost its five members in the shelling.
On the other hand National Conference leader Javed Rana dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi either to “conquer Lahore” or “give up Kashmir.”
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said: “War like situation at the Line of Control and at International Border depicts that both the countries are least bothered about the plight of people staying near the borders and the LoC.”
The Chief Minister during her visit called upon the two countries to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement so that the people living in border areas could live in peace. “The two countries are not able to build roads, yet they are spending money on buying ammunition,” Mehbooba said.
A Kashmir watcher said, “Both the countries by not talking to each other are putting the lives of millions of their denizens at stake. If they don’t give u their egos the border skirmishes could have direct impact on the cities and towns.”
He said that local BJP leaders are maintaining silence over this issue. “Despite their own party being in power at the Centre they have failed to prevail upon the leadership to end this bloodshed, which is taking a heavy toll on the border dwellers,” he added.
“Irony is that none of the BJP leaders except the Deputy Chief Minister visited Mendhar to take express solidarity with the bereaved family. They just give statements to foment more and more trouble and nothing else,” the Kashmir watcher added.
He said, “Another unfortunate part is that no one in New Delhi is paying any heed to the appeals for peace being made by the Kashmiri leaders. It seems like that New Delhi has decided that crisis can only be defused by using military power.”
A politician said, “India and Pakistan are at the brink of the war and anything can happen anytime. Leaders of both the countries seem insensitive towards the hardships being faced by the people in both Kashmirs.”