Yesterday, the civil society in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir appealed to the government of India and Pakistan to restore peace amid tension on the Line of Control (LoC) over the killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan army.
In a written appeal, prominent citizens of the town, said, “For the people of Poonch region and the others living close to the LoC, the ceasefire (agreement of November 2003) brought peace, security and created atmosphere for development in the border areas. Before the ceasefire, the socio-economic needs of people living near the LoC were neglected because of continuous firing and shelling”
It was only after the ceasefire that people found relief from the war-like situation.
“The peaceful atmosphere has been disturbed due to unfortunate incidents of firing and brutal killings across the LoC at Poonch Besides shaking confidence of the people, this has created lot of tension and panic,” said the citizens.
Meanwhile, members of the civil society make an humble appeal to governments of India and Pakistan to take immediate steps towards the restoration of peace on the LoC and implement in letter to spirit the ceasefire agreement.