According to media reports, US and Russia have reached a breakthrough deal to try to restore peace in Syria. This would prove to be good news if a ceasefire is finally agreed upon. The United Nations stated that more than 60,000 people have been killed since the civil war began. The migration of refugees has reached 10.9 million Syrians or almost half of the population have been displaced. The human rights of free expression, association and assembly are being violated and strictly controlled in Syria. Many cities of Syria have been engulfed in a wave of crime. Rates of theft and kidnappings have increased with criminal looting houses and stores. The cultural heritage of the country has also been destructed.
There is no military solution to the Syrian crisis. It should be resolved through peaceful means and by adopting a political process based on the Syrian people’s votes.
ENGR. MANSOOR AHMED,
Faisalabad, September 12.