Heating of LoC

The heating of the India-Pakistan Line of Control with increased firing and targeting of civilians, has caused concern in all the voices of conscience in both the regions

As a matter of fact, the term Line of Control (LoC) refers to the military control line between the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled parts of the former princely state of Kashmir and Jammu—a line which, to this day, does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary but is the de facto border. Originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was redesignated as the “Line of Control” following the Simla Agreement, which was signed on 3 July 1972. The part of the former princely state that is under Indian control is known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The two parts of the former princely state that are under Pakistani control are known as Gilgit–Baltistan and termed as Azad Kashmir (AJK) by Pakistan . Its northernmost point is known as the NJ9842.

The rising of tensions at Line of Control has always made people living in border areas of both sides of Jammu and Kashmir pay a very painful price in form of losing precious human lives, properties , devastation of agricultural produce and loss of academic knowledge to students living in these areas

With the increase in violence on Line of Control the Valley of Kashmir witnesses increased tensions and violence which makes lives of people miserable. The need of the hour is that both India and Pakistan calmly ponder over the situation and have some sort of reflection of human pain and solve their issues and conflicts in an amicable manner. Heating of LOC also entails a deadly blow to already stalled peace process and makes the initiation of talks even more difficult task. Time that both countries adopt path of wisdom and shun aggressive path of violence and normalising LOC in this regard can be a major step