Sayeed calls for  de-escalation of  LoC tensions
Sayeed calls for  de-escalation of  LoC tensions

Srinagar : Condemning the killing of Indian soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC), former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday called for immediate de-escalation of tensions on the boundary dividing the state between India and Pakistan., reports IANS. 

Addressing a press conference here, Sayeed, the patron of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said: “The rising tensions along the LoC and some points on the international border with Pakistan have caused a deep worry in our state.” “From Kargil to Kathua, there have been incidents of serious nature threatening the decade-long ceasefire between the two countries which had rarely seen such a long thaw in their relations,” he said. “The ceasefire had in the past survived even grave provocations like the Mumbai atrocities but it now looks like falling apart under the impact of unfortunate killings and the attendant rhetoric unleashed by some hawkish elements,” he warned.
Sayeed said there are reports of dislocation of civilian population from some forward areas especially in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region after the recent tensions on the LoC. “People along the LoC and the international border had heaved a sigh of relief ever since the historic Vajpayee initiative from Srinagar in 2003 of extending a hand of friendship to Pakistan,” he recalled.

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