Ceasefire violation a trail of destruction

June 4, 2018 EDITORIAL 195 Views
Ceasefire violation a trail of destruction

A much hope was pinned on the ceasefire along LoC after the state government announced ceasefire in the valley during Ramadan. Following an All Party Meet on May 10 at Srinagar the centre agreed to restrict its anti-militancy operation in the valley to avoid bloodshed for this month .
But the continuous killing of civilians along border is what concerned the government and people of the state in general. The state government last week only asked the Pakistan for ceasefire along the LoC on the pattern of 2003.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in particular appealed India and Pakistan militaries to hold dialogue again to stop firing at borders as people on both sides of the fence are dying.
She termed the ceasefire incident on International Border with Pakistan as unfortunate even after both the countries Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) held dialogue.
The truce called by India and Pakistan last Tuesday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir evokes the kind of hope that many political analysts find easy to define more by its purported evanescence rather than its promise of tenacity; nevertheless, it is the latter that needs to be encouraged and emphasised.
Deserving of its unprecedented status, the ceasefire agreement, a major breakthrough given the fractious nature of bilateralism in the recent years, had the power to enable the two countries to finally slough off their old, tired skin of hostility and for this reason alone, its import cannot be downplayed.
However, barely less than a week, two BSF Indian personnel have been killed and three civilians injured due to the firing by Pakistan forces in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor along the IB in Jammu.
The fresh exchange of fire was witnessed barely two days after the DGMOs of India and Pakistan agreed to implement 2003 ceasefire agreement on the border.
The balloon entire ceasefire agreement has hence been pricked with this killing, which has seemingly enraged the India.
BSF IG of Jammu, Ram Awtar expressed his anger by saying , “Pakistan is not honouring ceasefire pact, while Indian forces are following the orders.”
“A decision to speak to Pakistan rangers over the violation has not been taken since we are busy with the mortal remains,” he added.
With this violation of the ceasefire, it becomes clear that both the countries will be at logger heads again, which ultimately will take a toll on the innocent lives of the state.
The Valley and Jammu in particular has seen much destruction due to the firing from the other side as villages have been raised to dust.
It also puts a question mark on the process of dialogue being discussed by both the countries nowadays.
It is high time for both the countries now to end all the animosity by paving way for dialogue to prevent such situation in the future.

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