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A petition to end tensions at the Line of Control from citizens on both sides of the LoC

January 14, 2013

Signatures given at the end. Should you want to add your signature to this petition, write to Anuradha Bhasin at anusaba[at]gmail[dot[com]. The petition with the final list of signatories will be sent to the heads of state in both India and Pakistan.

To,
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari,

Dear Sirs,

We, the people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control, have been observing with great concern the escalation of tensions at the LoC that have been building up gradually since June 2012 and have suddenly taken an ugly turn since the first week of January, 2013.

We express grave concern at the loss of lives of the soldiers and any casualties to civilians on both the sides. At the same time, we are also concerned about the safety and security of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the people living at the borders, who are directly hit by sporadic incidents of shelling and firing.

These repeated violations of the ceasefire that has been in place as part of an agreement between India and Pakistan since 2003 have been adversely affecting the lives of the people at the borders. Besides, these also have the potential dangers of reversing the gains of this biggest confidence building measure that has enabled and facilitated interactions, howsoever symbolic, between the two sides of the divided state, provided security and a conducive atmosphere for much needed development for the people living at the borders. Besides, these tensions threaten the very framework of peace for which 10 year long ceasefire at the LoC has been a great bulwark, even though the pace of peace process has been so far tardy and does not fully engages with the people of this state.

We fear that if these tensions at the borders are allowed to prolong, they will compromise the goodwill that has been built and reverse the peace dividends. We also fear that they will cause massive sufferings to the people of not just the border areas, but eventually of the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, on both sides. Besides, they will provide a greater space to extremist, hawkish and fanatic elements as well as empower the war mongers on both sides. They also have the potential of ushering the whole region into a new cold war destroying hopes of long term peace and economic stability and hamper SAARC-wide integration.

We  deplore the war rhetoric and attempts by political or religious groups for symbolism of Kashmir to justify war mongering and hatred.

At the same time, we call for an immediate end to the hostilities on the Line of Control. We call upon the political leadership in New Delhi and Islamabad to impress upon their respective militaries to immediately desist from this continuum of shelling and firing incidents. We also call upon them to initiate action to begin immediate dialogue for a more long term end to these ongoing tensions, to restore the sanctity of the ceasefire that has been in place since 2003 by replacing strategic insecurities of the two militaries with mutual trust and co-operation.

  1. Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
  2. Murtaza Shibli
  3. Abdul Majid Zargar
  4. Tajamul Hussain
  5. Nusrat Andrabi
  6. Suraiya Kamal
  7. Arif Kamal
  8. Tariq Masud
  9. Ershad Mahmud
  10. Najma Khan
  11. Salman Anees Soz
  12. Arjimand Hussain
  13. Sameer Bhat
  14. Akshay Azad
  15. Asmat Ashai
  16. Shafat N. Ahmad
  17. Rekha Chowdhary
  18. Badri Raina
  19. Rahmat Kamal
  20. Ellora Puri
  21. Ved Bhasin
  22. Nyla Ali Khan
  23. Hameedah Nayeem
  24. Shaheen Akhtar
  25. Prabodh Jamwal
  26. Gulam Jeelani
  27. Gazalla Amin
  28. Ishaq Kullar
  29. Danish Khan
  30. Anamika Mujoo Girotte
  31. Motilal Raina
  32. Dr Waleed Rasool
  33. Altaf Hussain
  34. Mushtaq ul Haq Ahmad Sikander
  35. Dr Naseema Jogezai
  36. Manmeet Bali Nag
  37. Bashir Ahmad Dar
  38. Gowhar Geelani
  39. Jamshed Naqvi
  40. Pyare Shivpuri
  41. Shujaat Bukhari
  42. Dr Javid Iqbal
  43. Narjees Nawab
  44. Javed Naqi
  45. Shuchismita
  46. Shefali Manhas
  47. Pawan Bali
22 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2013 11:46 PM

    Please add my name to the petition

  2. January 15, 2013 12:13 AM

    I beg to both the sides, that the humaity on two sides is let to able to live not just with absence of war, but in peace in the real sense. The constant waning and waxing of hate sentiments, does take a toll on their mental well being. Let the ordinary on two sides be granted the right to live with peace and dignity, to realize their full potential.

  3. Khursheed Ahmed permalink
    January 15, 2013 12:46 AM

    Most certainly, please add my name to the list.
    Dr. Khursheed Ahmed, Canada.

  4. Imran Ali permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:01 AM

    Please add my name to the list. Imran Ali Waggan

  5. Bharadwaj permalink
    January 15, 2013 12:42 PM

    Add my name Bharadwaj Sharma.

    Thank you.

    • KS Subramanian permalink
      January 15, 2013 8:57 PM

      Pl add my name.
      KS Subramanian

  6. Bimal Parekh permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:31 PM

    Also, please return the heads of our soldiers.

    What do they do with the heads, does anyone know? Make coffee-mugs out of them? Use them for soccer?

  7. subramanian permalink
    January 15, 2013 3:30 PM

    let us see what syed ali shah geelani thinks of this.

  8. January 15, 2013 11:24 PM

    Add my Name. Hadi Hussain

  9. January 15, 2013 11:29 PM

    please add my name as well.. War brings nothing but destruction

  10. Ashim permalink
    January 15, 2013 11:39 PM

    Add my name — Ashim Jyoti Choudhury

  11. January 15, 2013 11:47 PM

    Please, add my my name.
    *peace*

  12. January 16, 2013 1:22 AM

    Please, add my my name.

  13. January 16, 2013 3:17 AM

    i think of those volunteers and activists who have been struggling on both sides to bring peace and have open or at least relaxed visa. just because a bunch of stupid ass army men did something silly, why to crush the desires and hopes of so many hearts praying for peace.

    • Mohan K Muju permalink
      January 16, 2013 9:50 AM

      Please add my name Dr Mohan K Muju

  14. Akhila Vasan permalink
    January 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    please add my name Akhila Vasan to the list of signatories. Thank you.

  15. Kaustav Manna permalink
    January 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    Please add my name too. Kaustav Manna.

  16. Nazia permalink
    January 17, 2013 10:08 AM

    kindly add my name too

  17. January 17, 2013 12:40 PM

    Please add my name too.

  18. Uzair Sultan permalink
    January 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    hi, please add my name in petition as well. this happening right at the time when both countries were about to put relaxed visa policy on work, looks like sombody dosent like this, but we must end their stupidity and keep raising our voice for peace, cooperaton and co existence, thank you.

  19. Yaser Farooq permalink
    January 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    add my name plz..

  20. Attique ur Rehman permalink
    January 28, 2013 4:44 AM

    Attique ur Rehman
    currently live in Belgium from Pakistan administered kashmir
    Kindly add my name too

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