Pakistan Should Bat For An independent Kashmir!
01 August 2016
By Dr. Abdul Ruff
Pakistan considers cricket as the only ''sport'' they should play, primarily
because its players can enjoy runs in 50s, 100s and 200s etc by hitting at the
crease the ball coming to their bat (in football, or badminton, for instance,
they cannot hit 50s or100s etc.) and they would understand what exactly bating
means. Pakistan, like India or any other cricket country, knows how bowlers,
even trained ones, offer big runs to select batboys-players.
Pakistan needs to bat for a soverign Kashmir, instead of still focusing on
making Kashmir a part of a Muslim nation, destabilized by its big bosses in
the West. But bating by ''fixing'' is not good for solving Kashmir issue
because people are getting killed by occupation forces of India. It seems both
India and Pakistan have decided not to let a soverign Kashmir to reemerge.
Against the general impression gained by the world that Pakistan has been
fighting for the cause of Kashmiris, the fact remains Pakistanis are fighting
not for Kashmiris but for itself as it wants to annex the parts of Kashmir now
under Indian occupation and have been the target of military attacks, fake
encounters and genocide spree.
Beyond its open
rhetoric India has always maintained that the parts of Jammu Kashmir it
annexed soon after its own independence from Great Britain in 1947 as the
first ever external operation as a free nation, belong to India and Jammu
Kashmir is now an integral part of India. Cutting across their Hindutva
intent, both Congress and BJP maintain this ''integral'' status.
Pakistan also, on its part, annexed a small part of Kashmir and
''integrated'' into its official territory and after a war with India it got
some more parts of Kashmir that it named as Azad Kashmir which is now an
integral part of Pakistan.
While India has put a full
stop to ay soverign Kashmir, Pakistan also does not think in terms of an
independent Kashmir for Kashmiris and it is eager only get Sri Nagar into
Pakistani territory for which it is using pro-Pakistani Kashmiris to fight
against Indian occupation. And India mercilessly kills Kashmiris for
supporting Pakistan and seeking to make Kashmir apart of a destabilized and
However, there are Kashmiris both in
Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir who seek a soverign Kashmir to live in peace
and prosperity, though voices are not allowed to be heard by both India and
Pakistan. There so weak that they cannot do anything to achieve their noble
cause of establishing a soverign Kashmir.
Had Islamabad worked for an independent Kashmir, most probably Kashmiris would
have legally obtained their independent Kashmir by now.
Today, both India and Pakistan are also allies of expansionist fanatic Israel,
another colonizer who keeps killing Palestine Muslims, drinking their blood
profusely. As a ''friend'' of Zionist criminal regime, Pakistan cannot be
expected to value the worth of freedom and sovereignty and human dignity. Nor
can it respect the life of Kashmiri Muslims. Like India, Pakistan and Israel
want the enamoring lands and have least concern for freedom and dignity of
Kashmiris- the target of Indian colonialist attacks.
Two leaves: Indian Jammu Kashmir and Pakistani Azad Kashmir
At the time of the Partition of India in 1947, the British abandoned their
suzerainty over the princely states, which were left with the options of
joining India or Pakistan or remaining independent. Hari Singh, the maharaja
of Jammu and Kashmir, wanted his state to remain independent. In spring 1947,
an uprising against the Maharaja broke out in Poonch, an area bordering the
Rawalpindi division of West Punjab. Maharaja's administration is said to have
started levying punitive taxes on the peasantry which provoked a local revolt
and the administration resorted to brutal suppression. The area's population
rebelled against the Maharaja's forces and gained control of almost the entire
district. The pro-Pakistan chieftains of the western Jammu districts of
Muzaffarabad, Poonch and Mirpur proclaimed a provisional Azad Jammu and
Kashmir government in Rawalpindi on 3 October 1947.
On 21 October, several thousand Pashtun tribesmen from North-West Frontier
Province poured into Jammu and Kashmir to liberate it from the Maharaja's
rule. They were led by experienced military leaders and were equipped with
modern arms. The Maharaja's crumbling forces were unable to withstand the
onslaught. The raiders captured the towns of Muzaffarabad and Baramulla, the
latter 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the state capital Srinagar. On 24
October, the Maharaja requested military assistance from India, which
responded negatively and coerced the king to make JK acceded to India.
Accordingly, on 26 October 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh signed an Instrument of
Accession, handing over control of defence, external affairs and
communications to the Government of India in return for military aid. Indian
troops, kept ready, were immediately airlifted into Srinagar. Pakistan
intervened subsequently. Fighting ensued between the Indian and Pakistani
armies, with the two areas of control more or less stabilized around what is
now known as the ''Line of Control''.
Jammu and Kashmir, the only state in India with a Muslim-majority population,
consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is
the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. The Kashmir valley is
famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, and Jammu's numerous shrines
attract tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as
''Little Tibet'', is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist
Jammu and Kashmir has an international border with China in the north and
east, and the Line of Control separates it from the Pakistani territories of
Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the west and northwest respectively. The
state has special autonomy under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. The
Hindutva parties led by BJP question the article and while in opposition they
wanted it to be removed. But as the ruling party of India BJP allies
understand the need to retina the class and article intact. In fact, article
ha so special life for the Kashmiris who get killed by the occupation forces
from New Delhi.
Maharaja Hari Singh became the ruler
of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in 1925, and he was the reigning
monarch at the conclusion of the British rule in the subcontinent in 1947.
With the impending independence of India, the British announced that the
British Paramountcy over the princely states would end, and the states were
free to choose between the new Dominions of India and Pakistan or to remain
independent. It was emphasized that independence was only a `theoretical
possibility' because, during the long rule of the British in India, the states
had come to depend on British Indian government for a variety of their needs
including their internal and external security.
and Kashmir had a Muslim majority (77% Muslim by the 1941 census). Following
the logic of Partition, it was expected that Kashmir would join Pakistan.
However, the predominant political movement (Maharaja Rule) in the Valley of
Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir National Conference) was secular, and was allied
with the Indian National Congress since the 1930s. So many in India too had
wanted Kashmir should join India. The Maharaja was faced with indecision.
While the Government of India accepted the accession, it added the proviso
that it would be submitted to a ''reference to the people'' after the state is
cleared of the invaders, since ''only the people, not the Maharaja, could
decide where Kashmiris wanted to live.'' It was a provisional accession
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 lasted till the end of 1948. A ceasefire was agreed
on 1 January 1949, supervised by UN observers. At the beginning of 1948, India
took the matter to the United Nations Security Council. The Security Council
passed a resolution asking Pakistan to withdraw its forces as well as the
Pakistani nationals from the territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and India to
withdraw the majority of its forces leaving only a sufficient number to
maintain law and order, following which a Plebiscite would be held. A
ceasefire was agreed on 1 Jan 1949, supervised by UN observers. A special
United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) was set up to
negotiate the withdrawal arrangements as per the Security Council resolution.
In the end, no withdrawal was ever carried out, India insisting
that Pakistan had to withdraw first, and Pakistan contending that there was no
guarantee that India would withdraw afterwards. No agreement could be reached
between the two countries on the process of demilitarization.
India militarized Kashmir with regular additions of troops and terror goods
and local Muslims are under their threats as they have lost sovereignty plus
freedom and the right to live in their nation. . India and Pakistan fought two
further wars in 1965 and 1971. Following the latter war, the countries reached
the Simla Agreement, agreeing on a Line of Control between their respective
regions and committing to a peaceful resolution of the dispute through
India well as Pakistan has no plans of withdrawing from Kashmir and in order
to maintain their terror hold over Kashmir, they have equipped their
respective military capability with deadly nukes obtained without the approval
of IAEA and without signing the NPT.USA allows both to enjoy their nuke
arsenals. They continue to blame one another, and terrorize the Kashmiris
besieged and sandwiched between them.
When it could
not ''flush out'' Pakistani forces from Kashmir, India approached the United
Nations, asking it to resolve the dispute, and resolutions were passed in
favour of the holding of a plebiscite with regard to Kashmir's future.
However, no such plebiscite has ever been held on either side as both are not
sure of support of Kashmiris for their colonization project. Also, there was a
precondition which required the withdrawal of the Pakistani Army along with
the non-state elements and the subsequent partial withdrawal of the Indian
Army from the parts of Kashmir under their respective control – a withdrawal
that never took place. In 1949, a formal cease-fire line separating the
Indian- and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir came into effect.
Following the 1949 cease-fire agreement with India, the
government of Pakistan divided the northern and western parts of Kashmir that
it occupied at the time of cease-fire into the following two
separately-controlled political entities: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) – the
narrow, southern part, 250 miles (400 km) long, with a width varying from 10
to 40 miles (16 to 64 km).; Gilgit–Baltistan formerly called the Federally
Administered Northern Areas (FANA) – the much larger political entity to the
north of AJK with an area of 72,496 square kilometres (27,991 sq mi).
At one time under Pakistani control, Kashmir's Shaksgam tract,
a small region along the northeastern border of Gilgit–Baltistan, was
provisionally ceded by Pakistan to the People's Republic of China in 1963 and
now forms part of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Status of Azad Kashmir
India quickly made Jammu Kashmir as a part of its territory. There is a
confusion as to why Pakistan ah snot yet annexed the Azad Kashmir and added to
its territory. Azad Kashmir is accorded a special status with a president and
Prime minister ruling it as a country but with guidance from Islamabad. Like
in Jammu Kashmir where India parties like Congress and BJP play important
roles in the state, in Azad Kashmir Pakistani political parties play important
roles. PDP and Muslim league are the dominant parties and now ML is AK's
Raja Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan
Muslim League-N has been elected as new Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and
Kashmir. Voting for election of new Leader of the House was held in
Muzaffarabad. Raja Farooq Haider Khan secured 38 votes while a joint candidate
of Muslim Conference and PTI Ghulam Mohi ud din Dewan and Chaudhry Muhammad
Yaseen of Pakistan Peoples' Party bagged five votes each.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also felicitated Raja
Farooq Haider on being elected as the new Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and
Kashmir. In his message, he hoped that the newly elected Prime Minister of AJK
will fulfill the expectations of his people.
territory has a parliamentary form of government with its capital located at
Muzaffarabad. The President of Azad Kashmir is the constitutional head of the
state, while the prime minister, supported by a Council of Ministers, is the
chief executive. The unicameral Azad Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly
elects both the prime minister and president. The state has its own Supreme
Court and a High Court, while the Government of Pakistan's Ministry of Kashmir
Affairs serves as a link between it and Azad Kashmir's government. Neither
Azad Kashmir nor Gilgit-Baltistan elects members to Pakistan's National
Azad Jammu and Kashmir commonly known as Azad Kashmir, is a self-governing]
administrative division of Pakistan. The territory lies west of the
Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, and was previously part of the
former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to exist as a result
of the first Kashmir war fought between India and Pakistan in 1947 upon their
own freedoms from UK.
Azad Kashmir is part of the
greater Kashmir region, which is the subject of a long-running conflict
between India and Pakistan. The territory shares a border with Gilgit–Baltistan,
together with which it is referred to by the United Nations and other
international organisations as ''Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The territory
also borders Pakistan's Punjab province to the south and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province to the west. To the east, Azad Kashmir is separated from the
Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir by the Line of Control, the de
facto border between India and Pakistan. Azad Kashmir has a total area of
13,297 square kilometres (5,134 sq mi), with an estimated population of around
4.6 million people.
The 2005 earthquake killed 100,000 people and left another three million
people displaced, with widespread devastation. Since then, with help from the
Government of Pakistan and foreign donors, reconstruction of infrastructure is
underway. Azad Kashmir's economy largely depends on agriculture, services,
tourism, and remittances sent by Pakistanis living abroad. Nearly, 87% of the
households own farms in Azad Kashmir, while the region has a literacy rate of
approximately 72% and has the highest school enrollment in Pakistan.
Azad Kashmir expresses solidarity with people of Jammu Kashmir
Today, Kashmiris in India occupied Jammu Kashmir are protesting
Indian occupational techniques against the Kashmiri Muslims. Indian forces
target them and many Kashmiri Muslims have fallen victim to Indian terror
People of Azad Kashmir now are protesting
against Indian brutality in Kashmir valley and ill-treatment of Kashmiri
Muslims by occupation forces.
A large number of people
including refugees from Indian-held Kashmir came out on the streets in
Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir, to stage a rally against Indian
violence on people across the Line of Control (LoC), just weeks after the
extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani, a pro-freedom insurgent leader in the
Earlier, when Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)
was smack in the middle of general elections, the leaders of most religious
and political parties had marched in front of United Nations Military
Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to protest the ongoing wave
of state-ordered violence in the occupied zone.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) AJK chapter leaders and workers have
been urging members of civil society and refugees settled in AJK to continue
staging street protests.
Pakistani concern over unrest in Kashmir
Kashmir valley has become restless for quite some time now. People of Kashmir
are facing serious problem of witnessing Indian force crimes in their
neighborhoods. Kashmiris look a upon their freedom fighting leaders but India,
in order to continue to kill them, calls them terrorists.
Now Kashmiris are increasingly willing to call themselves the ''terrorists''
as their husbands, children and other relatives are getting into India
military traps and get killed or just disappear without clues.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently expressed concern over the law
and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir during a high-level meeting here
called to discuss regional security. In the meeting, Sharif and Pakistan Army
chief General Raheel Sharif, were briefed on the situation in Kashmir and
Afghanistan. PM Sharif said the ''brutal use of force is a blatant Indian
violation of fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people which no civilized
society permits''. Sharif maintained that the Indian attempts to claim the
situation in Kashmir an internal matter were ''factually incorrect, legally
untenable and a violation of international law and UN Security Council
The meeting resolved to approach the UN Human Rights Council to send a
fact-finding mission to Kashmir to ''investigate the slaughter of innocent
civilians and impose a ban on the use of pellet guns for dispersing people''.
It called upon the international community to condemn human rights violations
by Indian security forces.The meeting condemned ''the oppression of the Indian
security forces over innocent Kashmiris'' protesting against the violence in
the region, a Prime Minister's House statement said.
The only solution to the Kashmir issue was ''early implementation of UNSC
resolutions — a fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices'', Sharif
said. The statement said Pakistan ''will continue to provide diplomatic,
political and moral support'' to the people of Kashmir for the realization of
their fundamental right to self-determination. The meeting comes a day after
India slammed Pakistan over its ''deplorable meddling'' in the internal
affairs of the country and asked it to ''vacate its illegal occupation of
Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir''. Pakistan observed ''Kashmir's Accession to
Pakistan Day'' on July 19, followed by ''Black Day'' on July 20 over the
killing of Hizbul Mujaheedin commander Burhan Wani.
India in a statement strongly condemned the ''encouragement and support''
which ''terrorists and their activities receive from Pakistan's state''.
At least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in Jammu and Kashmir
following the July 8 killing of Wani in a gunfight with the security forces.
Indian terror techniques
Fake encounters to target Kashmiri youth, repeated curfews to silence the
Kashmiris and to cripple Kashmir economy so that the JK government would run
to New Delhi for financial assistance on Indian terms to arrest as many
Kashmiri Muslims as it can to somehow reduce the Kashmiri anger, have not
eventually worked in India's favor as Kashmiris continue to fight for
Come what may, India, now supported by USA, does not want to surrender
sovereignty back to Kashmiris and in order to silence them in their struggle
for sovereignty, India keeps killing them through enacted fake encounters. For
India, Kashmiris are terrorists just like Palestinians are terrorists for
Israel, while entire Muslim community is a terrorist gang for US led NATO
rogue states, terrorizing energy rich Arab nations.
appears, like India, Pakistan also enjoys its double-speak, mixing half truth
with full lie regarding the status of Kashmir now and in future. While
Pakistan is an ally of US led NATO terror gang, now controlling Islamabad,
India has been trying its best to make an unwilling USA its strategic partner.
Now both these nuclear powers causing perpetual tension in South Asia are
being remote controlled by Washington.
New Delhi is
too happy that USA has moved away from Islamabad and is not working for Indian
causes everywhere, as it thus has been promoting the anti-Islamic Zionist
criminal regime. On the contrary, Pakistan is worried that it is fast losing
service charges from USA and EU.
their differences and regular military cross firings, meant essentially to
terrorize Kashmiris, India and Pakistan have a common agenda – to retain the
nuke arms in their respective possessions at any cost. This now explains why
they don't want to resolve the Kashmir issue and grant sovereignty to
Pakistani PM Sharif said he is dreaming to Kashmir inside Pakistan but he
fails to recognize the Pakistanis destabilized and not stable at all and it
might even disintegrate as per the CIA plan. India has warned Islamabad to
stop day dreaming about Kashmir joining Pakistan now or any time in future.
Kashmiris cannot decide to commit a mass suicide by joining a corrupt and weak
Pakistan which would not hesitate to sell them to China or America for favors,
including financial and military help. Pakistan ahs ''gifted'' a part of
occupied Azad Kashmir to China for economic and military help.
Kashmiris expects Pakistan to support its sovereignty cause
The general impression gained by the public that Pakistan is fighting for the
cause of Kashmiris for a soverign Kashmir apparently looks false. Pakistan has
been fighting for Kashmir and not for Kashmiris as it is eager to incorporate
into Pakistan both Azad Kashmir which's under Pakistani control and Jammu
Kashmir which is under Indian occupation. But Kashmir I sunder Indian
occupation and it refuses to surrender Kashmiris its sovereignty ostensibly to
deny India to quickly occupy it and add to its own territory.
Pakistan already has a part of Kashmir in its territory and
also administers Azad Kashmir, annexed from Kashmir in a war with India.
Pakistan is fighting now for India controlled Kashmir to be eventually made a
part of Pakistan and for this purposes, India claims, Pakistan has been
misusing Kashmiri Muslims.
It appears, Pakistan has
not yet incorporated Azad Kashmir into itself because it wanted to let India
think that Pakistan is sincere about a soverign Kashmir and it would add Jammu
Kashmir once India releases Kashmir.
until recently never openly said it wants to make Kashmir a part of Pakistani
territory once India leaves it, but it always, tactfully, maintained that the
India should ''solve'' it without specifying what it meant by 'solution''. .
Pakistan is trying to make the Kashmir issue more complicated with new ideas.
For the first time in recent times, Pakistan has openly reiterated its resolve
to annex Kashmir into Pakistani territory. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he
would like to see Kashmir a part of Pakistan. ''We are waiting for the day
when Kashmir becomes a part of Pakistan,'' PM Sharif said. Sharif was
addressing a public gathering on the occasion of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's
win in the ''Azad Jammu and Kashmir'' assembly election last week.
In his first public address following an open heart surgery
earlier this year, Sharif urged Kashmiris ''not to forget those in India held
Kashmir who are sacrificing their lives for freedom''. The PML-N is set to
form the next government in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, whose official name is
''Azad Jammu and Kashmir''.
New Delhi was quick to respond to Pakistan's statement. India always maintains
its stand that Kashmir is an ''integral'' part of Kashmir. New Delhi had
accused Islamabad of arming and training militants fighting to secede Jammu
and Kashmir from India. Pakistan said it only provides moral and diplomatic
backing to the separatist campaign. In a strong attack on Pakistan Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif for his statements on Kashmir, External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj told him that his dream of the state becoming a part of his
country ''will not be realized even at the end of eternity''. Taking umbrage
at Sharif's statement that ''Kashmir will one day become Pakistan'', she said
in a statement that this ''delusional though dangerous dream'' was the reason
for Pakistan's ''unabashed embrace and encouragement to terrorism''. ''The
whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India. You will never be able to make
this heaven on earth a terror hell,'' she said. India's reaction came amidst
provocative statements issued on near-daily basis by Pakistan government and
Noting that in the last few days, leadership
of Pakistan, including its Prime Minister has praised Burhan Wani, a popular
but wanted by India terrorist Commander of the banned terrorist organisation
Hizbul Mujahideen, as ''martyr'', Swaraj wondered did he not know that he was
carrying an award of Rs 10 Lakh on his head because he had perpetrated heinous
crimes including murder of elected representatives of local bodies and
security personnel. ''Even more condemnable than these deplorable attempts
from across the border to incite violence and glorify terrorists is the fact
that these attempts have been undertaken by Pakistan's state machinery.
Now India does not need terror evidence
India, like USA, always sought ''evidence'' from Pakistan. Asserting that
there is no need for evidence of Pakistan's complicity in the Kashmir issue as
Nawaz Sharif is openly saying they will get Kashmir back. India says Pakistan
is directly or indirectly claiming credit for aiding and abetting the ongoing
insurgency and unrest. So, there is no need for any evidence now.
Union Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Singh was
reacting to Sharif's remark that the day was not far when the struggle of the
Kashmiris will meet with success and Jammu and Kashmir will be part of
Pakistan. Singh said, ''The United Nations too has said that it Kashmir is
India's internal matter. Now, the world has come to acknowledge India's point
of view on Kashmir and it is time for us to be united in the fight against
Pakistan.'' He asserted that Pakistan's involvement in promoting terrorism in
India has been evident on more than one occasion. The Union minister urged all
the political parties to unite in the fight against Pak-sponsored terrorism.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Omar said
today's unrest cannot be compared with 2008 or 2010 agitations. ''In 2008, we
had a land row and in 2010, the outbreak was because of a fake encounter done
by army. But in 2016 there is no such demand. It is just plain anger. ''Even
the young boys of the age of 8-10 years have no fear and that is worst,'' he
The Modi government is not serious about genocides and political (freedom)
crisis in Kashmir. Will a grand initiative by the Prime Minister normalize the
situation in the Valley? Omar Abdullah said any initiative that Prime Minister
Narendra Modi may take to resolve the current crisis in the Valley could calm
tempers but if it is not followed up then it becomes difficult to sort out. He
agreed with former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's views that the Centre
had broken promises on issues that formed the state's accession to India,
saying they have been ''dishonest with the people of Jammu and Kashmir''. ''It
will help. It will definitely calm tempers but there will be far more
suspicion today than a few years ago. Because if it is not followed through,
every time a problem like this arises, then it becomes more difficult to bring
an end to it,'' he told on a TV channel interview on Saturday.
For want of better set of words, India has actually been dishonest with the
people of Jammu and Kashmir because you struck a deal. Former Finance Minister
Chidambaram said that New Delhi had ignored the grand bargain under which
Kashmir acceded to India. Omar endorsed his statement. You struck a bargain.
Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India on the basis of certain conditions which is
that the Union of India will be responsible for currency, communication,
defence and foreign affairs everything else will be the domain of the state.
On the basis of those conditions Jammu Kashmir would remain a part of India.
But Jammu and Kashmir to this date remains a part of India, how
much of those conditions have Indian rulers actually fulfilled? You have
gradually whittled that away to the point that autonomy is a a fig leaf to
what it was in 1947. So he is not wrong,'' Omar said. However, he regretted
that immediately after Chidambaram remarks, Congress came out with a statement
that it were the personal views of former Finance/Home Minister. ''Here is a
person who is talking out of box and is ready to take the first knock and we
pull him down,'' he said.
Omar said Pakistan has always been fishing in troubled waters. ''It is nothing
new. If you are saying Pakistan is responsible, then I am am sorry. We are
doing the same mistake.'' He said people are are ready to set aside old
memories provided ''we are ready to sit and solve the problem''.
On controversial AFSPA in Kashmir, Omar said, ''I don't know
how the army has become a villain. Army has always maintained that they don't
want to stay permanently and want to go back to barracks. But they don't
decide the such matters. They deadly oppose withdrawal of Draconian law and
also any reduction. So this is a contradictory stand.'' He said more than a
political will, it takes courage to take bold steps which was lacking in the
previous UPA government. ''May be UPA at that time was facing several
problems. May be they did not want to open another front,'' he said. Congress
has been insensitive to the popular demands in Kashmir.
About the statement made by Chidambaram that the Union Cabinet
was divided on withdrawal of AFSPA, he said, ''I know that the then Defence
Minister (Pranab Mukherjee and A K Antony) were opposed to it and the then
Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) had not firmed up his mind.
There was strong opposition from the army but political courage could have
overtaken that opposition,'' he said and added that between him and
Chidambaram, they were successful in removing 35 to 40 bunkers from the city.
''I am not saying that army's concerns should not be addressed but at the same
time elected representatives in a democracy must have courage to carry forward
its decisions with conviction,'' he said. He expressed apprehensions that the
way the Centre has been dealing with the situation in past had lived its life.
''The Centre swings into action only when there is a fire in Kashmir. At that
point they promise everything but when the situation is normal, they forget
everything.'' ''By announcing a package of Rs 80,000 crore, centre should not
think that it can buy out anti-India sentiments. PM Modi while addressing a
rally said he knew everything about Kashmir problem. If you know everything
then everything is over. Nothing to be discussed and the problem should be at
his door rather than anyone else's,'' the former Chief Minister said.
Newly Independent India claimed it somehow managed an Act of Accession with
the rulers of Jammu Kashmir. On 26 October, 1947, VP Menon, who had just
returned from Srinagar, poured out a stiff drink, smiled and exulted: ''We
have Kashmir. And now that we have got it, we will never let it go.'' This
incident should be enough to remind Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of
the futility of his dream of seeing Kashmir become part of Pakistan some day.
Menon, who helped Sardar Patel put hundreds of princely states in India's
basket, had prophesied on that fateful October day that India will never let
Kashmir go. Six decades of futile Pakistani efforts, including three wars,
suggest Sharif's dream is not genuine.
blame Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who decided to send tribals from the frontiers to
invade Kashmir after the Maharaja supposedly denied his request for a vacation
in the Valley.
Did India betray Pakistan on Kashmir?
The stance Patel had reportedly taken on the disputes that rose from the
decision of Kashmir, Junagarh and Hyderabad to not accede to either of the two
countries even after 15 August. Several scholars have suggested that Patel was
willing to consider Pakistan's claim if it gave up Junagarh and Hyderabad.
Our reply was that we would agree to Kashmir if they agreed to Hyderabad.''
But, the moment Jinnah decided to send tribals under the leadership of Major
Khurshid Anwar to invade Kashmir, and then dispatched his soldiers guised as
Pathans to fight the Indian army, Pakistan lost the argument and the Valley.
As Patel used to say, possession is 90 per cent of the law.
Pakistan failed to get anything out of the 1965 war it fought with India. In
1972, it signed the Simla accord and agreed to a status-quo and bilateral
resolution of the dispute. Since then, nothing has changed that entitles
Sharif to a walk through Srinagar's Nishat Bagh or drink from the founts of
While India can further destabilize and divide Pakistan with US help, Pakistan
doesn't have the military might to split India. Its proxy war lacks the
firepower to melt India's resolve. And there is no way India will surrender
its rights over Kashmir, especially in a global scenario dominated by huge
security concerns, anti-imperialist Islamic terror and China's rising
ambitions of China in the region.
India does not want a third Muslim country Kashmir in the region. New Delhi
says allowing a Muslim-majority territory on the northern border to become a
hotbed of Chinese, Pakistani, Afghan and Islamic State interference would be a
political disaster. India cites the fate of Bangladesh and Pakistan, both it
treats as ''home to terror'', has forever ruled out the possibility of another
Islamic country in the region.
Though pro-Pakistan sloganeering and flag-waving is common in Kashmir as a
useful tactics to express I their anger over Indian occupational crimes, it is
doubtful if Kashmiris actually want to become part of Pakistan, especially in
its current avatar. In 2014, not even 50% of Kashmiris in the Kashmir Valley
wanted to join Pakistan or support the idea of union with Pakistan: off the
record 25% .
However, those Kashmiris expressing desire to be a part of India is much below
that of those who support Pakistan- less than 10%. .
Though armchair hardliners in India never seek peace with Pakistan and
Kashmir, and jihadis, they forget that for several years after Independence,
while Kashmir remained calm and quiet', the desire for azaadi (freedom)
simmered below the surface. Even the first decade of this millennium was
comparatively quiet and calm, suggesting a return to normalcy. But Kashmiris
oppose subjugation and brutality by Indian forces.
In 1947, when Jinnah dispatched his tribals to Srinagar, he assumed their
presence would trigger a revolt within Kashmir. Muslims of the Valley, he
erroneously believed, would support the Pakistani invasion and drive out the
India's challenge now is to ensure that its own follies in Kashmir do not
alienate Kashmiris enough to inspire someone in Pakistan to embark on another
misadventure. Only rank stupidity, rigidity, continued oppression, suppression
of rights and over-reliance on guns by the Indian state has the potential to
fulfill Sharif's dream.
True, USA has not openly declared its opposition to Kashmir issue or support
for genocides in Kashmir, though it does not support Kashmir either.
Russia today is less enthusiastic about Indian occupation of
Kashmir but USA is trying to shield Indian military crèmes inside Kashmir.
India would not find it profitable and correct to let the
Kashmiri territory to obtain sovereignty as Pakistan would any time soon annex
it under some garb and make it an integral part of Pakistan. US/Pakistani
military can just finish them off.
New Delhi has
realized by keeping puppet government in Sri Nagar/Jammu, it cannot stop
freedom struggle of Kashmiris.
In fact, many Indians also now believe that Indian government has almost lost
Kashmir but now it has to ensure that it does not go to Pakistan and makes its
own home as a soverign Kashmir.
It is true Kashmiris dream of azaadi, a future that was promised to them by
Dogra ruler Hari Singh before Jinnah forced his hand. But their loyalty
towards Pakistan is grossly exaggerated, more propaganda than reality.
For all practical purposes, a workable solution to the Kashmir problem will
have to be worked out first between the people of Kashmir, including the
freedom groups, and the Indian government. Than India and Pakistan, along with
Azad Kashmir leaders should agree for a unified Kashmir to emerge as a
soverign nation. . Pakistan would, of course, never agree to anything that
shatters its dream of possessing Kashmir, and that would ensure longevity of
the dispute. PM Sharif has a right ot dream abut he should be realistic and
understand the sufferings of Kashmiris.
Obviously, as India's arrogant posture is unhealthy and irresponsible,
Pakistan's unrealistic dream is destined to remain unfulfilled, and thus
remain a source of trouble. India can never win over Kashmiris through
brutality, genocides, or through dialogue and peace-money initiatives.
One can understand Pakistani dream if it has been truly Islamic (It attacked
Lal Mosque in Islamabad, killing Imams there in a cold blooded manner) or a
strong Muslims nations- but s destabilized puppet nation serving the cause of
anti-Islamic nations like USA, UK, Israel etc.
Pakistan would not hesitate to sell Kashmiris to any nation to be anti-Islamic
agents. And there would be none in the world to save the Kashmiris. .Already
Pakistan seems to have ''sold'' a part of Azad Kashmir to China for r economic
and military favors.
Independence of Kashmir is the
only reliable and credible solution. Pakistan should erase the impression
generated in India that it would never allow an independent Kashmir again, as
it, like India, also does not want lose the territory it has annexed from
Kashmir; nor they want to stop terrorizing the region with their nuke
When United Nations too says that Indian
brutality in Kashmir is India's internal matter, the big powers have no
interest in resolving the Kashmir flashpoint.
Both India and Pakistan need to stop boss over Kashmir. Will genocides of
Kashmiris give extra credit for India or Pakistan to be on the UNSC again and
Colonialism as a part of imperialism is not a democratic concept. Myths do not
survive for ever no matter who believes in them.