LoC Crisis: Concerned Kashmir Bar fears war

   
A view of Line of Control in Kupwara. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
A view of Line of Control in Kupwara. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

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J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, express its deep concern over the innocent killings on both sides of line of control (LoC) and calls upon both India and Pakistan to stop the targeting of civilian population and take immediate measures to settle the Kashmir issue, which is the main cause behind such happenings and thereby bring an end to the sufferings and miseries of people of Kashmir.

Bar’s Executive Committee stated that even in war times, persons taking no active part in the hostilities have to be treated humanely and they can neither be taken hostages nor can they be subjected to any humiliating or degrading treatment.

“The wounded and sick have also to be allowed to be collected and cared for, the ambulances have also to be spared and civilian hospital, which take care of the wounded and sick can in no circumstances be made object of any attack and have to be respected and protected from any kind of onslaught,” the Bar statement said.  “It is however unfortunate that despite India and Pakistan being signatories to the Geneva Convention, yet there have been civilian killings on both sides of the border which is a clear violation of the principles enshrined in Geneva Convention.”

Bar said that because of the firing the people living in the border areas, have left their home and hearth and have taken shelter in schools and other places, which is causing tremendous hardship and problems to them.

Bar said that Wednesday firing on a passenger bus which killed 9 civilians and thereafter the attack on an ambulance which was trying to take the injured to hospital is totally inhuman and is bound to aggravate the situation on the borders further and if such kind of activities are not stopped it may result in a full scale war between the two countries, which would be disastrous for the people of India, Pakistan and Kashmir.

The Bar members accordingly decided to appeal the two countries to understand the magnitude of the sufferings and miseries of the people of Kashmir and as such settle the Kashmir issues as per the wishes and aspirations of the people as early as possible. It was also decided that an appeal be also made to the UNO to intervene in the matter and impress upon both India and Pakistan to settle the core issue of Kashmir, so that there is peace and tranquility in the sub-continent and the people of the region are able to live a peaceful life.

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