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
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.