- Good news on Pakistan-India welcome
Jun 1, 2018-
The decision to restore a ceasefire across the Line of Control and Working Boundary is significant. Violence across the LoC and Working Boundary has been unacceptably frequent and intense in recent weeks, constituting a pattern of ebb and flow in the exchange of fire and the trading of allegations between India and Pakistan that had threatened to spiral out of control.With a month-long ceasefire declared bythe Indian government inside occupied Kashmir seemingly already in effect, the oppressed people of India-held Kashmir may get a respite from hostilities while border populations in Azad Kashmir and the Working Boundary can also look forward to a resumption of the 2003 ceasefire that had frayed. Alleviating the suffering of the people of the region and protecting them from violence should be a priority for peacemakers in both states and the Kashmir region too. A decision to uphold the 2003 agreement is also significant because it suggests both pragmatism and recognition of the need to protect hard-won gains in the long and tumultuous road to bilateral normalisation and eventual peace.
Published: 01-06-2018 07:30