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Indians and Pakistanis Condemn Exchange of Fire and Killings on Line of Control (LoC)

9 January 2013

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We, the undersigned Indians & Pakistanis, are deeply disturbed with the recent exchange of firings and killing of two Indian and one Pakistani soldier across the Line of Control (LoC). The incidence as reported is highly deplorable and no sane person or society can accept such unwarranted and gruesome incidences. The said incidences have a potential to derail the ongoing peace process that has shown remarkable progress in recent times in easing the visa regime, improving trade relations and securing many other confidence building measures that hold great promise for both the countries.

We are happy that the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both countries have spoken to each other after the incidents. We urge that suitable mechanisms must be evolved and implemented immediately to ensure that the concerned authorities on both sides are in constant touch to avert recurrence of any such incidence rather than meet after some damage is done.

We sincerely appeal to both the countries to take action against those responsible and see such incidences do not occur in the future. Such incidences will only help war mongers and enemies of peace when the need of the hour for both sides is to take the peace process forward. We are confident that such dastardly incidences will not affect the dialogue as it has to be uninterrupted and uninterruptible till we secure complete friendship and peace between our two countries. The two sides should also resume normal trade across the LoC and enhance people to people contacts by easing the Visa regime further.

India
Admiral L. Ramdas - Former Chief of Indian Navy, Ali Baug
Mahesh Bhat - Film Maker- Mumbai
Lalita Ramdas - Former Chair, Green Peace International - Ali Baug
Jatin Desai - Peace Activist and Journalist, Mumbai
Dr. Mazher Hussain - Director, COVA, Hyderabad
Dr. Amrita Chhacchi - Academic, Delhi
Ramesh Pimple - People’s Media Initiative, Mumbai
Sheeba Chhacchi- Artist, Delhi
Varsha Rajan Berry - SAHR, Mumbai
Dr. Sandeep Panday - Asha Ashram, Lucknow
Ramesh Yadav - Folklore Institute, Amritsar
Sanjay Nahar - Sarhad, Pune

Pakistan

Karamat Ali, Labour Rights Activist, (PILER) Karachi
Dr. A. H. Hayyar, peace activist, President Pakistan Peace Coalition, Lahore
B. M. Kutty, Secretary General of Pakistan Peace Coalition, Karachi
I. A. Rahman, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Lahore
Dr. Kaiser Bengali, Senior economist, Karachi
Dr. Tipu Sultan, Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi
Sheema Kermani, Tahrik-e-Niswan, Karachi
Muqtada Mansoor Khan political analyst, Irtiqa Institute of Social Sciences, Karachi
Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed, academician and peace activist, Karachi
Mehnaz Rehman, women rights activist, Karachi
Mohammad Ali Shah, Chairperson, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Karachi
Iqbal Alavi, peace activist, Karachi
Zulfiqar Halepoto, peace and human rights activist, Hyderabad
Sauleha Ather, women rights and peace activist, Karachi
Farooq Tariq, peace activist and labour leader, Lahore
Javed Qazi, Forum for Secular Pakistan, Karachi