A human rights group has urged India and Pakistan to stop cross-border firing along the LoC and open communication channels.
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) on Monday condemned using ‘any country’s territory for terrorist activity’.
The group reached out to the Directors-General of Military Operations of both armies to respect ceasefire and the two governments to work towards peace in the region.
It expressed ‘great concern’ at the alarming deterioration of relations between India and Pakistan.
SAHR said cross-border firing has now become routine activity with soldiers and civilians of both sides getting killed.
“Unfortunately, even if the villagers want to escape this volatile atmosphere they are unable to do so as the paddy harvesting season is nearing. The only source of livelihood for majority of the people here is growing basmati rice,” said SAHR’s Chairperson Hina Jilani (Pakistan) and Co-Chairperson Nimalka Fernando (Sri Lanka).
In SAHR’s perspective, “the situation has degenerated so much that common people in the two countries are turning against each other when they see deaths of soldiers and villagers in the bordering villages,” said its India spokesperson Jatin Desai.
In such a scenario, Desai said it is the need of the hour for the civil societies of both India and Pakistan to jointly intervene for maintaining peace and harmony among communities.
SAHR appealed to the two governments “to respect the sanctity of LoC and IB, and immediately implement the Ceasefire Agreement of 2003, in letter and spirit”.