Peace is only possible if Pakistan fights terror groups

Our readers have their say on Kashmir, Jordan and the OIC summit

epa07390352 Pakistani Army soldier stands guard at the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistani and Indian administered Kashmir in Chakothi, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, 23 February 2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on 19 February also warned that his country would retaliate if attacked by India and denied New Delhi's allegations that Islamabad was involved in a recent suicide attack that killed 42 security men in Indian-administered Kashmir.  EPA/AMIRUDDIN MUGHAL
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I refer to Rashmee Roshan Lall's article Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan (March 4). This comment piece elaborately expresses the need for the ongoing crisis between India and Pakistan to finally end. Despite a gesture by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, who decided to release a captured Indian pilot, tensions escalated again in Kashmir just a few days later.

I find this infuriating and unacceptable. Militant groups in Pakistan have been crossing the Line of Control and attacking Indian soldiers and civilians. Pakistan should put a stop to this unnecessary violence.

Pakistanis are starting to feel the consequences of their Prime Minister’s lax control of terror groups in their country. Releasing the Indian pilot as an act of good faith is not enough. Imran Khan should seriously work on eradicating terror groups operating within Pakistan altogether, only then will India take his appeal for dialogue seriously.

The ball is in Imran Khan’s court and I hope he will make the right decision.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

OIC underlines positive efforts for peace in Kashmir

I refer to Naser Al Wasmi's article Kashmir on OIC agenda as Pakistan asks for India exclusion (February 27).

I am so relieved that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation passed two resolutions regarding disputed Kashmir in its latest meeting in Abu Dhabi at the weekend. Jammu and Kashmir remain the core dispute between India and Pakistan and resolving the conflict is indispensable for peacebuilding in South Asia.

The two resolutions reminded the international community of its obligation to ensure the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. In this regard the consistent efforts of the UAE and Saudi Arabia are very reassuring and bring hope to the people of Pakistan and India of a better tomorrow.

Mohammad Hamza, Dubai

Thoughts and prayers to Jordan after the floods

I write in reference to Taylor Luck's article Amman businesses left reeling after flash floods hit downtown (March 3). May God help the people of Jordan as torrential rains and floods have struck their capital Amman and its surroundings.

These extreme weather conditions are a reminder that climate change truly is real and its consequences are affecting us all right now. It is time to finally take a stance. Corporations and big businesses need to wake up and stop favouring financial gain over sustainability.

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