Calm the Borders

The border dwellers have a right to live in peace at their native places

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 19 2017 11:10PM | Updated Date: May 19 2017 11:10PM

Once again all is not well along the LoC.  Besides further ruining relations between the two neighbours, the tension along the LoC has wreaked havoc with the lives of people who live there. These hapless souls have abandoned their home and hearth and are living like refugees in their own homeland. The irony is that the authorities too have failed them. The people who are forced to abandon their homes and hearths do not just need a few kilograms of rice. They need special care and regular counselling sessions. It has been observed that such people live in perpetual trauma and, therefore need proper handling. Reports about massive mining of the areas along LoC have also been received. These mines more often than not hit the civilians. Hundreds of them stand maimed. They deserve a better deal and the sooner the authorities understand it the better. The two countries have to behave and live like good neighbours. Both of them are not in a position to take the confrontation to the battlefield. There are other problems to be addressed deep inside their respective territories. They have to fight disease, ignorance and extreme poverty and that leaves absolutely no scope for military misadventures along the LoC, or elsewhere. The world community has been repeatedly calling for restraint but there seems no immediate end to the woes of the border dwellers. Curiously, there is an office of the UNMOG in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad to monitor cease-fire along the erstwhile cease-fire line. This office was created by the Security Council when it passed its historic resolutions seeking right to self determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir. The UNMOG has to fulfil its obligations to ensure peace along the LoC. Cease-fire cannot be monitored from Srinagar or Muzaffarabad offices. Something tangible needs to be done for achieving the objective. The least it can do is to bring the belligerents to the negotiating table. The hostilities must stop immediately to save further loss of life and property. The border dwellers have a right to live in peace at their native places. Let the process begin now.

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