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‘Huge relief for Kashmir border residents’: Hurriyat welcomes but says more needs to be done

The pro-freedom conglomerate, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, on Thursday welcomed India and Pakistan’s joint military statement on the Kashmir border truce, saying adherence “will provide huge relief to the beleaguered people living under constant threat on the Line of Control and end the bloodshed there”.

Stating that “talks are the best means to address this concern and it has always advocated dialogue”, the APHC, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said in a statement in Srinagar said that “it is a move in the right direction”.

India and Pakistan on Thursday announced that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors, even as Indian Army officials asserted there would be no let-up in its fight against militants or in its troop deployment along the borders.

A joint statement issued in Islamabad and New Delhi said the Director Generals of Military Operations of the two countries held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact and reviewed the situation along the LoC and all other sectors in a “free, frank, and cordial” atmosphere.

The APHC said that “just as the joint statement correctly points out “that in the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb the peace and lead to violence”, likewise, in the interest of mutually beneficial and sustainable peace in the entire region, India and Pakistan need to address the core concern of J&K in keeping with the aspirations of its people”.

India and Pakistan signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, but it has hardly been followed in letter and spirit over the past several years with more violations than the observance of the pact. While India says Pakistan violated the true over 5000 times last year, Islamabad claims there have been over 1600 violations by the Indian army on the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

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