Doctors from across border appeal for immediate dialogue to defuse tension
LUDHIANA: Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Pakistan Doctors for Peace and Development (PDPD) have jointly appealed to the governments of India and Pakistan to immediately initiate dialogue to defuse tension at the border. Several civilians and security personnel have died in fring at the border on both the sides. A large number of cattle have also been killed. “In addition there is loss to the property on both sides.” They said. “There is migration of people staying near the border to the safer places which is affecting their day to day life adversely,” said Dr Tipu Sultan, president of PDPD, Dr SS Soodan, president, IDPD and Dr Shakeel Ur Rahman, general secretary IDPD, in a joint statement.“Conflict at the border can trigger a larger and wider conflict,” they added. “As both the countries possess nuclear weapons in such a situation the threat of use of nuclear weapons cannot be ruled out. Any such situation would be lamentable for not only this region but will have serious global ramifications,” they said. It is to be noted with concern that both the countries spend huge amount on arms while the expenditure on health and education is comparatively very low. Dr Arun Mitra, co-president, IPPNW that the IPPNW is much concerned about the situation in the region and has decided to organise an international seminar in New Delhi on March 24–25, 2018, to highlight the need for nuclear disarmament.
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