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Press for Peace urges India, Pakistan to maintain ceasefire agreement in Kashmir

posted Sep 3, 2011, 12:53 PM by Zafar Iqbal   [ updated Sep 3, 2011, 12:55 PM by PFP Admin ]

Muzaffarabad: 03 September 2011

Press for Peace (PFP) has urged India and Pakistan to maintain the sanctity of ceasefire agreement which was signed between them about eight years ago.

The PFP has condemned the incident of cross border firing in the Dhudnial sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Kashmir. A press release issued here today said that three Pakistani and an Indian soldier were killed in an incident of firing between the troops deployed along the LoC a day earlier. Both the armies had blamed each other for violating the ceasefire agreement signed in 2003.

The  Pakistan Army had confirmed the killing of three Pakistani troopers; however, the Indian side alleged that they had noted a heightened militant activity in the Keran Sector during the last two days. 

Though, both countries had agreed a ceasefire on the fragile Line of Control in 2003, there has been reports of border skirmishes between their armies in the previous years.

Press for Peace has asked India and Pakistan to observe the sanctity of the ceasefire agreement.

The press release issued by the organisation said that there have been attempts of disturbing peace in the region since last many months and it was observed that the presence of the banned militant organisations was escalating in the guise of aid activity.

The statement said that civilian population living across the LoC has paid heavy price for conflict, therefore, they need sustainable peace.

 Press for Peace had first observed in 2008 that suspicious actions were ongoing in the area in guise of humanitarian activities. The PFP had launched an awareness campaign to highlight the miseries of local people following the tense situation along the LoC.