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Civil Society Seminar Highlights Importance of Peace in Kashmir

posted Sep 21, 2014, 10:14 AM by PFP Admin   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 2:00 PM ]

Press Release://MUZAFFARABAD:(21-09-2014): Speakers at a seminar, held here Sunday on the occasion of the World Peace Day, highlighted importance of peace in Jammu & Kashmir. They also urged India and Pakistan to urgently respond to alleviating the sufferings of flood-affected people of Jammu & Kashmir. The seminar was organised by Press for Peace, a civil society organisation working for the establishment of permanent peace in conflict zone Kashmir.

Press for Peace urged that a generous help of flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir by both India and Pakistan would create an atmosphere of trust, harmony and pleasant relationship, which was a pre-requisite for the establishment of peace in a conflict region.  

Renowned journalist and human rights activist Ershad Mehmood said that the humanitarian crisis after massive floods in Jammu and Kashmir could be availed as an opportunity for peace building through softening the borders in disputed state. India should allow access of aid workers to send relief supplies to the flooded areas of Indian administered Kashmir.

The leader of Opposition in AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq Haider said that increased violence and aggression around the world has created a sense of alienation and deprivation among the oppressed communities of the world.  He also stressed the need of a concentrated effort from global community to dissolve the longstanding Kashmir issue.  Without giving consideration to the aspiration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, world cannot be a peaceful place to live, he urged. 

The speakers highlighted that the governments of India and Pakistan should expedite the repair work of infrastructure in flood-hit districts and immediate measures should be taken to resume normal civil life. Amid a lack of tangible progress on important civil affairs; whether it is the development of infrastructure or equal sharing of resources among local people, Kashmiri peoples’ dreams of permanent peace in the region cannot be fulfilled. They also pressed the need of lifting of barriers at the crossing points and allowing the transportation of relief items to flood-stricken areas in Indian Jammu & Kashmir.

The seminar, which was organised to celebrate the World Peace Day, sought to stimulate public debate and keep alive the prospect of dialogue on the peace process. It was attended by local politicians, peace activists, journalists, students and members of various civil society groups in Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Prominent among speakers were Patron Press for Peace Begum Tanvir Latif, Executive Director Press for Peace (AJK) Raja Wasim, Leader of the Opposition in AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq Haider, Renowned Human Rights Activist Ershad Mehmood, and prominent Pahari Poet from Indian Jammu & Kashmir Raja Nazar Boniarvi.