Possibly, Kashmiris not aware of their cruel fate!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
When people have to decide who should be their occupiers perhaps that would put them in perpetual agony. Over years of occupation and subjugation, brutality and terrorization, Kashmiri Muslims seem to have forgotten that they were until recently free people enjoying full sovereignty to decide their own destiny.
Today, Kashmir has become the joint property of nuclear powers India, Pakistan and China. And, this big trio does not have any plan to surrender, on their own, sovereignty and independence to Kashmiris. Kashmiris are also divided into pro-India, pro-Pakistan and pro-China. Some Kashmiris cannot tolerate any criticism of Pakistan or China as they love them more than Kashmir. International community does not care who kills whom in Kashmir.
India does not want to resolve the Kashmir issue because it does not think there is really any issue pending with government of India over Kashmir and repeatedly (and loudly reiterated) that Jammu Kashmir has been an integral part of Indi and that shall be final. President Pranab Mukherjee said the same many times as Indian external affairs minister. To put it in a nut or larger shell, there is no point in expecting a fast growing India and cricket super power to make any amendment to its resolve on the matter.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, the Kashmir issue has not been resolved fully as yet. Not even once Islamabad showed it’s eager to help India resolve the problem by explicitly stating the way and means for resolution by declaring its demands to resolve the issue “fully”. Once Pakistan comes out clean with a resolution plan of its liking, a suitable road map could be drawn to implement the issue.
But Pakistan never did that and it does not want to undertake any such serious step. It only blames India for not “resolving” the Kashmir problem.
Pakistan’s only strength seems to be in controlling the Kashmiri separatists who operate without any freedom plan but do exactly what Pakistan tells them. Since Pakistan wants to take away Jammu Kashmir from India by pushing the separatists to fight against India and add JK to Azad Kashmir so that entire Kashmir could, sooner than later, become an integral part of Pakistan.
Games of India, Pakistan and its Kashmiri allies have got thousands of innocent Kashmir Muslims murdered day and night. Kashmiris remain terrorized.
Dialogue and negotiations are the only way forward to resolve bilateral or any other international problem and there has been a lot of hue and cry for dialogue and negotiations. But these should be done just or the sake of it or as a time pass tool in order to prolong the crisis endlessly. Honesty, sincerity and real intent should be there to launch a meaningful dialogue. Otherwise, everything’s a waste.
Pakistan and allies must state the content of resolution first. What exactly do they want?
The JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik held a rally in the PDP bastion of Anantnag in south Kashmir, saying dialogue between India and Pakistan will not resolve the Kashmir issue unless the two countries have an intention to do so. “When there is no intention to resolve Kashmir issue, what are dialogue and negotiations meant for?” he said addressing the rally in Anantnag town on Friday.
The separatist leader said the Indian leaders were publicly pledging not to give any concessions on Jammu Kashmir. Malik alleged every pro-India party and politician of Jammu and Kashmir is a “stooge” whose only job is to safeguard the interests of India. “Today those people who ignored our boycott call and voted for so-called ‘keep out BJP rhetoric’, should be feeling ashamed after watching the same politicians who made noises of BJP danger during election sharing power with same BJP,” he added.
China which also occupies a part of Kashmir is trying to appease India by all possible ways. It appears Beijing is realistic as it is not in the habit of returning territories to other nations and seeks more alien territories if possible as outer ring security. If India cooperates with China over the jointly occupied Kashmir it can always keep it as an integral part of China. Beijing rightly thinks it needs India’s support on Kashmir. Pakistan gives blanket support China’s occupation as that guarantees Pakistan’s own occupation of Azad Kashmir. Kashmiris who willingly play into dirty hands of foreign nations have no idea about what the nuclear trio wants in South Asia.
Meanwhile, the release of top separatist leader Masarat Alam on March 07 on the orders of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who is trying to be good to Kashmiri Muslims for in gratitude for their votes, has not gone down well with ally BJP which said it could spell “danger” to the ruling coalition while the security establishment felt there could be a major threat to peace in Jammu and Kashmir. They said the release of “anti-national” leaders was in violation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that the two parties had agreed upon before forging an alliance to form the government in the state. BJP views every Muslim to be a terrorist or anti-national or both. JK military establishment says Alam is “stronger and more powerful leader than Syed Ali Shah Geelani” and has huge stone-pelters cadres in youth.
Meanwhile, JK police claims a “robust” counter-infiltration grid along the Indo-Pak border- in fact it is Azad Kashmir-Jammu Kashmir border and not really Indo-Pak border – has helped in bringing down intrusion into the country significantly, compared to 2013, People are coming forward with actionable intelligence and as a result of this, there hasn’t been any collateral damage. Replying to a question regarding the growing drug menace in Jammu and Kashmir and efforts by the state police to deal with the problem, the DGP of JK said, “It is matter of concern for the entire Jammu and Kashmir… It is worrying us”. He said the police seized a lot of drugs being smuggled into this side from Salamabad area during checking of cross-border trucks (involved in cross-LoC trade).
Fight for sovereignty for Kashmir, fight for relocation of JK in Pakistan and drug trafficking are happening hand in hand in Kashmir where most of the people belong to Islam.
Kashmiris are not aware of their own cruel fate! But even if they know everything how does it matter at all? Occupiers are the same, whether they are Hindus, Muslims or Chinese!