New Delhi: An India-Pakistan peace group has expressed shock at the deadly terror attack against Indian security forces and urged that urgent steps be taken to avoid repetition of such incidents.
In a statement, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace & Democracy said that they were “shocked and saddened by the loss of lives of 44 CRPF personnel in a militant attack in Lethapora, Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir”.
“The gruesome manner in which an explosives laden vehicle, driven by a suicide bomber, rammed into a CRPF convoy and the scale of the operation is horrifying. Loss of precious lives is tragic and painful,” it stated.
The statement noted that noted that “all civilized societies must prevent bloodshed and condemn, mourn killings”.
They point out that incident raises question about a “possible security lapse”, which should be probed. “It must also be investigated as to why such a large convoy of military personnel was moving together, in a conflict zone like Kashmir”.
While looking into the security issues, the group also noted that the attack is an outcome of India’s “flawed” Kashmir policy that doesn’t have a political outreach facet and “the misplaced claims of wiping out militancy from Kashmir”.
They hoped that more violence is not “irresponsibly perpetuated” under the guise of revenge.
The forum said that along with combating militants, there should also be a channel of negotiation with the Kashmiri people and introduce confidence building measures to pay way for a structured dialogue. They also called for both countries to restart dialogue.