Hurriyat factions expressed concern over the escalation of tensions between Indo-Pak

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Srinagar, Both the parallel factions of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan due to the rising incidents of cross-Line of Control firing.

In a statement on Monday Hurriyat termed the ongoing assault along the LoC as a deliberate attempt of India to draw attention away from the Kashmir issue and mislead its own population about it.

Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has sought UN intervention in addressing the Kashmir issue, saying it is the main reason for prevailing tensions along the border.

Geelani stressed upon the leadership of both the countries to exhibit political maturity, saying Pakistan has a right to defend its territory from Indian aggression, however keeping in view the loss of precious lives, appealed to observe restraint and patience.

Meanwhile expressing concern over the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan on borders the Hurriyat (M) during a meeting of amalgam said that a dangerous trend has started on the borders in Jammu and Kashmir due to heavy and continuous exchange of fire between the armies of India and Pakistan which has caused loss of innocent lives and property on both sides and has forced thousands of people living near the borders to leave their home and hearth and migrate to some safer place.

Terming it as most unfortunate and painful the meeting stressed the urgent need to restore dialogue and channels of communication between the two hostile neighbors India and Pakistan and take immediate steps to de-escalate the war like situation on loc and borders which is causing death and suffering to people in both sides and is leading to their forced migration.

APHC said there is no other way to the resolution of issues between the two neighbours except through deliberations and dialogue. They said the main cause of all this hostility that is draining both the nations and pitting them against each other making them pawns in the hands of global powers who are using this hostility to further their own interests, is the unresolved Kashmir dispute. And both nations have no choice other than to address it and the sooner the better for all in the region. APHC said as the main stakeholders of the Kashmir dispute, the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir will have to be addressed and sincere dialogue among the three i.e. India Pakistan and Kashmiris provide the best opportunity to that end.

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