'Revive talks'

Greater Kashmir

Tarigami Urges Indo-Pak Leadership

Srinagar Aug 26: CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Monday urged the leadership of India and Pakistan to silence guns and revive talks.
 “If most of the present day European countries could reduce their borders to mere dotted lines on the map, why can’t India and Pakistan silence their guns and maintain calm on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir,” Tarigami said.
 He described the ongoing firing on LoC, which has resulted in a number of military and civilian causalities as most unfortunate and a step backwards.
 “If the ceasefire agreement of 2003 lasted for a decade why can’t it be prolonged and made permanent. India and Pakistan need to think over the phenomenon and root out the irritants. The statements of the leaders on both sides advocating friendly relations makes no sense if guns keep on roaring on the LoC and people, especially uninvolved  civilians get killed and properties damaged,” he said. 
 “No doubt Kashmiris on both sides bear the brunt, the people of India and Pakistan too suffer economically, politically, socially and even psychologically. Let India and Pakistan fight their greater internal enemies of poverty, corruption, disease, natural disasters like floods and of course terrorism and sectarian violence, rather than aim their guns on each other,” Tarigami suggested.