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Quality of Life in Border Areas of Kashmir Affected – JKCHR

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International Day of Mine Awareness Observed

Quality of Life in Border Areas of Kashmir Affected – JKCHR

Srinagar April 04, 2013: Kashmir Chapter of JKCHR in its special meeting held at its Regional Chapter, Srinagar on International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Anti Mine Action has expressed its deep concern on the use of land mines by India and Pakistan in the border areas of Kashmir for the last 65 years. The participants of the meeting stressed upon an urgent need to eliminate the threat of mines and other explosive weapons of war embedded along the Line of Control.

JKCHR meeting has urged upon India and Pakistan to take appropriate measures to eradicate the use of mines responsible for continued loss of life of residents and their livestock.  JKCHR will be writing to the Governments of India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir that the use of these mines is against the Constitutional guarantee to protect life, ensure freedom of movement and ensure development and welfare of the people.

It was felt that although the United Nations  is providing wide ranging assistance to millions of people who are victims of this menace in various countries, the question of the use of mines along the border of Jammu and Kashmir has not received due attention. The participants in the meeting viewed that it was obligatory upon us all to share the responsibilities in real sense to put in strenuous efforts for increased protection and safety of all victims of conflict and their families.

JKCHR has urged upon the various countries providing mines to India and Pakistan for their use in Kashmir, to own the responsibility for the loss of life, livestock and disturbance in the quality of life. These countries need to pay due compensation to the disabled members of the community and contribute to the general welfare of these people.

International Day on  mine awareness and mine action throughout the world meeting was chaired by Syed Yaseen Shah Gilani, and among others Mir Imran, Ashraf Bhat, Farooz Ahmad, Adeel Peerzaada and Yaseen Hassan participated in the meeting.

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