Via the platform, public figures and citizens are appealing for peace
As the tensions between the two nuclear-armed states of India and Pakistan intensify, citizens of both countries—along with the peace-loving population of the world—are tweeting for a peaceful end to this high-pressure situation.
As conflict between India and Pakistan escalates, civilians are reacting with anger and fear on different social media platforms.
Celebrities, activists, sportsmen, and citizens are appealing—on Twitter—for a calm and peaceful solution to the high-tension situation with the hashtag #SayNoToWar.
Despite many on Twitter continuing to show their support for air strikes and heavy shelling along the LoC (Line of Control)—by both countries—hundreds of Indian and Pakistani citizens are calling for peace, calm and harmony. They are tweeting that war cannot be a solution to anything.
#SayNoToWar is not cowardice. The father of the nation was opposed to any war and he certainly was no coward. In fact he was one of the bravest that humanity has ever seen. Social media jingoism and mindless warmongering should not be mistaken for bravery!!— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) February 28, 2019
Different international news organizations are also re-tweeting these, lamenting the loss of lives on both sides of the border.
Tension has been running high since a suicide car bomb attack—by Pakistan-based militants inside Indian-controlled Kashmir— killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14.
However, the risk of conflict rose drastically, on Tuesday, when India launched an air strike on Pakistan's territory.
Love, unity, Peace, mercy & Harmony is always a beautiful way to resolve all matters , all mankind should remain united at times of need support one another https://t.co/oy0b7CsDSE #SayNoToWar #PeaceNotWar full show https://t.co/TEd42USqUX 🇵🇰🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/qUp2Yb6kRr— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) February 28, 2019
In response, on Wednesday, Pakistan carried out a counter airstrike—in Indian-controlled Kashmir—and shot down two Indian jets in its own airspace. It captured one of the pilots and he is still in Pakistani custody.