They expressed hope that such dastardly incidences will not affect the dialogue as it has to be uninterrupted and uninterruptible till we secure complete friendship and peace between our two countries. The two sides should also resume normal trade across the LoC and enhance people to people contacts by easing the Visa regime further.
Prominent citizens from both India and Pakistan said they were deeply disturbed with the recent exchange of firings and killing of two Indian and one Pakistani soldier across the Line of Control (LoC). They said that the incidence was highly deplorable and no sane person or society can accept such unwarranted and gruesome incidences.
They expressed fear that these incidences have a potential to derail the ongoing peace process that has shown remarkable progress in recent times in easing the visa regime, improving trade relations and securing many other confidence building measures that hold great promise for both the countries.
The prominent citizens include Admiral L. Ramdas- Former Chief of Indian Navy; Mahesh Bhat-Film Maker- Mumbai; Lalita Ramdas- Former Chair, International Green Peace; Dr. Mazher Hussain- Director, COVA, Hyderabad and Dr. Sandeep Panday- Asha Ashram, Lucknow (India); Karamat Ali, Labour Rights Activist, (PILER) Karachi; Dr. A. H. Hayyar, peace activist, President Pakistan Peace Coalition, Lahore; B. M. Kutty, Secretary General of Pakistan Peace Coalition, Karachi; I. A. Rahman, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Lahore and Dr. Kaiser Bengali, Senior economist, Karachi (Pakistan)
They felt happy that the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both countries have spoken to each other after the incidents. They urged that suitable mechanisms must be evolved and implemented immediately to ensure that the concerned authorities on both sides are in constant touch to avert recurrence of any such incidence rather than meet after some damage is done.
They appealed to both the countries to take action against those responsible and see such incidences do not occur in the future. They cautioned that such incidences will only help war mongers and enemies of peace when the need of the hour for both sides is to take the peace process forward. They expressed hope that such dastardly incidences will not affect the dialogue as it has to be uninterrupted and uninterruptible till we secure complete friendship and peace between our two countries. The two sides should also resume normal trade across the LoC and enhance people to people contacts by easing the Visa regime further.