Solidarity with Kashmir: The Burning Valley

Solidarity with Kashmir: 5th February is a reminder to let the world know that Pakistan stands united with the Kashmir’s people in their fight for freedom and basic human rights. May Allah bless them with peace and strength to be resilient against all the atrocities.

Two-and-a-half decades of freedom move in Kashmir have hardened the indifference of India’s political and intellectual classes to the human cost of the country’s repressive tactics in the valley. Amid rising nationalist fervor, any sense of the basic rights of a suffering population has been eroded or vanished entirely.
The hostility now appears to be total, unbridgeable, and for those on the receiving end, unbearable. Powerful TV studios urge the state to be more aggressively macho, while actively suppressing or distorting news from Kashmir. One prominent newspaper ran an online poll about the continued use of the pellets that had wounded and blinded so many Kashmiris — a clear majority voted in support. Eminent columnists speak calmly of the need for ‘harsh love’ toward civilian
Protesters to rationalize the state’s ruthless response.

Burhan Wani's Poster

Wani’s killing in a gunfight led to widespread protests in the region for five long months, during which over 100 civilians were killed, and hundreds lost their eyes to the pellet guns fired by forces. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown. Pakistan’s desire for peace should never be mistaken as its weakness.

For a normalized Indo-Pak relationship, all issues including the core issue of Kashmir between the two nuclear countries need to be resolved. India needs to behave like a responsible country, stop atrocities on both sides of the Line of Control and also discontinue interference inside Pakistan through state-sponsored terrorism.

When the dispute was first brought to the United Nations, the Security Council, with the firm backing of the United States, Great Britain and France urged the solution that the future of Kashmir shall be decided in accordance with the wishes and will of the people.

However, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights who expressed serious concern about the situation in Kashmir and proposed on September 13, 2016 that ‘an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two sides.

It seems that the paramilitaries and the police have been deliberately firing into faces. Some may only have minor wounds, some will suffer limited loss of vision, some will lose one eye, some both, and some will be impaired for life, but the pitiless assault on protesting adolescent’s forces to ask one Question: Is the Indian state happy to blind a generation…..?

Kashmiri targeted by pallet gun

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