PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations.

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PAKISTAN INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACY INDIA

C/o: F-10/12, (Basement), Malviya Nagar, New Delhi.  Contacts: 09811081240, 09818407882, 011-26687725 website:www.pipfpd.org Email: pipfpd.india@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                        October 8, 2014

PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations.

The ceasefire violations and firing taking place on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir is a matter of grave concern. India and Pakistan are blaming each other for ceasefire violations and cross border firing that began on the night of Wednesday (October 1st) and is continuing till date. 

According to reports published in Indian and Pakistani news papers, more than 18 civilians have been killed and about 60 persons have been injured – in this recent spate of ceasefire violations. While India claims that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in the Poonch sector on October 1st, Pakistani side claims that on Sunday October 5, the Indian troops violated the Line of Control (loC) ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing in Jandroot Sector near Kotli. The Indian side alleged that Pakistani forces shelled the village of Arnia about three kms from the border on 6th.  The violence has engulfed almost the entire Line of Control (LoC)  from Krishna Ghati (KG) sector to Mankote, Balakote, Keriand even Bhimber Gali (BG). With Pakistani and Indian troops resorting to weapons fire and mortar shelling, thousands of villagers have been displaced. 

Far away from the international border in  the waters of the Indian Ocean, the fishing activity has been severely impacted by the increased number of orchestrated arrest of fishermen by India and Pakistan. In the last one week alone, Pakistan has caught 22 Indian boats and arrested around 125 Indian fishermen. Indian authorities have also arrested six Pakistani fishermen and seized one boat. Resultingly, the tension on the border is directly impacting  fishing communities of both the countries.

With elections round the corner in several Indian states including J&K, the domestic turmoil in Pakistan, ‘border nationalism’ is being resorted to by both nations. The wars and military actions have yielded nothing but death, destruction and misery for the people of divided Jammu and Kashmir.

The experience shows that the dispute will not be resolved through use of military means and can only be resolved through political dialogue based on mutual trust. 

  • We appeal to both India and Pakistan to urgently stop ceasefire violations and implement ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit.
  • We urge immediate restoration of “flag meetings” and contacts between the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan.

We call upon the governments of India and Pakistan to allow the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play an active role in monitoring the ceasefire. UNMOGIP is meant to supervise ceasefire line established under Karachi Agreement in 1949.  Joint monitoring of the border is the best option in the prevailing situation. It is required at this point that a team of UNMOGIP brings out a status report after visiting affected areas on both sides of the border.

  • A team of senior reporters on both sides must hold visits to the border villages and help bring normalcy to the situation. We urge the media and journalists, reporting in India and Pakistan, to withhold from the one-sided reporting and trading of allegations.

We believe restoration of dialogue and peace talks at the highest level alone can bring back normalcy and peace to the thousands of suffering people, living in border areas and also the fisherpeople who have been a casualty to this increased hostility.

Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal & Asha Hans                        Jatin Desai

Co-Chairpersons                                                          General Secretary

For further details contact: 09869077718, pipfpd.india@gmail.com

Pakistan Chapter HQ: 11, Temple Road, Lahore, Pakistan

 

 

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Communal Violence in Muzaffar Nagar

Khudai Khidmatgar with other Civil Society Organised Strategic and planning meeting about Communal Violence in Muzaffar Nagar.

Khudai Khidmatgar with other Social Organisation hold a meeting to discuss and the worse situation due to communal violence happened in Muzaffar Nagar of Western Uttar Pradesh.
As soon as Khudai Khidmatgar got the new about Communal Violence in and around Muzaffar Nagar an emergency step took to send the fact finding team of Khudai Khidmatgar to Muzaffar Nagar to analyse the situation that arises in the area, which leads to clashes between Jats and Muslims that have been worsened the situation and entirely affecting the peaceful living of the People in the region. Even though Government has directed the Military to bring Control of the situation but team that visited has submit its report that, there is a need to work on the longer period of time on the both side to normalise the situation as well as proposed some plans to act for sooner solution.

The Organisations participated:
Khudai Khidmatgar, Asha Parivar, NAPM, Sadbhav Mission, Jagriti Sewa Sansthan, -DU students , -JMI students , National Youth Project, The Legend, IIT Delhi students , Mewat Foundation.
Participants Suggestions:
Faisal Khan:
1. A Joint Delegation consist of Hindus and Muslims from Khudai Khidmatgar will work in Muzaffar Nagar on the basis of work did by Mahatma Gandhi Ji at Nava Khali, for promoting Peace and harmony in the violence affected area.
2. The Migrated Peoples who are residing now at Camps should be return to their respective palces with the help of top 20 Women Activist who believed in Secularism, Peace and Gandhian ideology.
Riyaz Bhai:
1. The Khudai Khidmatgar National Head quarter must organise and should be continues contact with the people in the affected areas.
Kumudh Ranjan:
1. Literature like Shanti Paat and Communal Harmony should be distributed to the Locals of Muzaffar Nagar.
2. Sadhavna Dawat- Get To gather should organise between small groups of People from both the side.
Neeraj Kumar:
1. Shanti Prarthana- Sarvadharm Prarthana (Prayer) should organise in the area with the help of Eminent Gandhians like Subharao Ji and others.
Nehal Ahmed:
1. The Long time issues of Minorities should be made awareness and that will make to solve these forms of problems.
Noor Nawaz Khan:
1. The literature that consist of peace and brotherhood message should be distributed to all the people.
2. Request to be made by the Prominent Leaders of the both the Community should be made for maintaining peace and harmony.
3. A delegation should meet the MP’s and MLA’s of the region to support for promoting peace.

Strategies or plans made in the final stage of the meeting:
1. As soon as the Feasible transportation facility opened towards Muzaffar Nagar, a delegation consist of Prof.Tripathy Ji, Faisal Khan and other members will meet the Leaders of both the Religion.
2. After 15 days a Delegation named as Aman Caravan will work in the violence affected area with the people to promote peace and harmony, it will be co-ordinated by Kumud Ranjan, Nehal, Wasi, Sunita Jain, Verma Ji, Saleem.
3. A memorandum should be submitted to all the Political Leaders of Western UP regarding the violence and request them to take all forms of necessary steps towards peace initiative.
4. The migrated victims will be placed in their own places with the help of top 20 prominent Women Activists.
5. Literature on Communal Harmony will be circulated in wider range to aware the people on the necessity of Harmony and unity.

Thanking You
By
Inamul Hasan
Secretary, Khudai Khidmatgar,
New Delhi
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