Pakistan, India asked to maintain truce along LoC

28 September 2008
The News International

Muzaffarabad: Pakistan and India should maintain truce along the Line of Control and find a peaceful political solution to the Kashmir dispute instead of going for a war. This demand was made at a seminar held under the aegis of Press for Peace, a non-governmental organisation working for peace, freedom of press and environmental protection, in Athmuqam, Neelum valley. A declaration adopted at the seminar called upon Islamabad and New Delhi to address their water disputes through talks and not let the situation reach a point of no return. However, India was asked to abandon its plans to build the Kishan Ganga Dam in Jammu and Kashmir as it could adversely affect the ongoing peace process between the South Asian neighbours. Stoppage of water of River Neelum would not only affect the downstream aquatic life but also hazardous to the environment and ecosystem in the valley, it noted. While asking India to return the four residents of Neelum valley, who were kidnapped by the Indian soldiers from Dhakki Chaknar village one year ago, the declaration called for repatriation of Maryam Bibi, a resident of Kupwara district who had inadvertently strayed into the AJK territory early this year. The declaration condemned the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the champions of the world peace to take stock of it. India has unleashed a reign of terror to suppress the Kashmiris condemning the economic blockade of the valley and demanding freedom. The situation must not go unnoticed at the hands of the international community, it said. The declaration urged the government of Pakistan to use the power of dialogue to address the problems it was facing in its tribal areas.