Latest News:  


Kashmir separatist leader urges steps to reduce tension


15:47, January 17, 2013

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed serious concern Wednesday over the ongoing skirmishes on the line-of- control (LoC) or de facto border in disputed Kashmir, saying relations between India and Pakistan cannot remain stable unless Kashmir issue is resolved.

"The growing tension between the two nuclear nations - India and Pakistan - on LoC is clear indication that every effort to stabilize relations between them won't succeed until the basic issue of Kashmir is resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people," said Farooq while addressing a huge gathering at a Sufi shrine in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Farooq urged both New Delhi and Islamabad to show patience and prudence and take serious steps to ease out the tension that is likely to endanger peace in South Asia.

"The situation on LoC has pushed New Delhi and Islamabad back to square one," said Farooq. "The steps that the two countries took over the years as confidence building measures have not helped them because the major issue of Kashmir remains unresolved."

The skirmishes since Jan. 6 between Indian and Pakistani troopers on LoC have claimed lives of two Indian and three Pakistani soldiers.

In the wake of escalation in firing in Kashmir, the cross LoC trade and travel remains suspended.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.

Farooq also appealed International community for their intervention in defusing tension between the two countries.

"International community played its role in Kargil war and once again the time has come that they should play their role to end the tension between the two nations," said Farooq. "The international community should persuade both the countries to peacefully solve their problems and take solid steps towards resolution of Kashmir issue."

Separatists in Indian-controlled Kashmir are demanding an end to New Delhi's rule in the region.

We recommend:

Nudists rally for right to bare it all

Unforgettable moments you cannot miss in December

Bloody scenery of shark hunting

Sao Paulo faces hot weather in January

Finland celebrates Epiphany with slide show

Children taking cold-resistant exercise


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Confrontation drill in Yunnan province

  2. PLA army aviation brigade in flight training

  3. What is behind the weather extremes?

  4. Beijingers see first sunshine in seven days

  5. Cities surrounded by pollution

  6. Schoolmaster killed in heroic fight

  7. Corruption curbs crimp luxury market

  8. 'La Traviata' staged in Shanghai

  9. Laboleng Temple getting facelift

  10. Dreams come true

Most Popular


  1. Editorial: Prudence in urbanization
  2. Japan PM Abe's regional trip 'targets China'
  3. Why won't people give up driving in hazy weather?
  4. Why supervision on 'drug chicken' lacks intensity
  5. Political inertia hinders gun control action
  6. US won’t let Japan go its own way
  7. Taxi shortage a big headache in China
  8. Commentary: Soldiers should prepare for war
  9. Will rural residents become middle-class?
  10. Taxi drivers' plight leaves passengers out in the cold

What’s happening in China

Photos: Cities and villages surrounded by pollution

  1. Old pipes may taint Beijing water
  2. Report says sick chickens sold
  3. Tickets tight for Spring Festival
  4. Extra cross-Strait flights during Spring Festival
  5. 'Family feud dramas' concern TV viewers