Posters of plaintive mothers and abused children, of Indian officials denouncing the “honor” of Muslim women, beating and beating boys, mark the Kashmir Highway in Islamabad before the Kashmir Solidarity Day, Kashmir Day, which is celebrated as a holiday Pakistan every 5th of February.Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of division!” “Kashmir is Pakistan’s carotid artery!” “Kashmir and Pakistan are like a soul in two hearts..
These are some of the usual slogans on this day to show support for Kashmiris who live under Indian domination on the other side of the line of control (LoC).
Hafis Saeed – the self-proclaimed Punjabi leader of Kashmiris – usually appears, as well as other parties advocating jihad in Kashmir. Placards of plaintive mothers and abused children, by Indian officials denouncing the “honor” of Muslim women, beatings and spanking boys, mark the Kashmir Highway in Islamabad before the Kashmir Solidarity Day, Kashmir day, which is celebrated as a holiday Pakistan every 5th February.
“Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of division!” “Kashmir is Pakistan’s carotid artery!” “Kashmir and Pakistan are like a soul in two hearts!” These are some of the usual slogans on this day to show support for Kashmiris who live under Indian domination on the other side of the line of control (LoC).
Hafis Saeed – the self-proclaimed Punjabi leader of Kashmiris – usually appears, as well as other parties advocating jihad in Kashmir.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter also gathered today, with the second calling the former slogan “Kahmir banay ga Pakistan” (Kashmir becomes Pakistan).The fight has to continue, they say. Pakistan will not rest until Kashmiris are freed from the Indian occupation.
However, over the past ten years, Kashmir has not created the same passion in Pakistan as in the 1980s and 1990s. Gallup Pakistan – conducting periodic surveys on Pakistan’s perception of the Kashmir conflict – revealed in 2016 that there is growing pessimism among Pakistanis over Kashmir’s independence.
Over the last 25 years, the number of Pakistani respondents has risen by 14%, believing that Kashmir’s independence will take some time. 19% more people who believe that Kashmir can not gain independence at all; and a 14% drop in those who believed that Kashmir would become independent in a year or two compared to when the survey was first conducted in 1990.
The survey also shows that attendance at Kashmir Day events in 2015 dropped to the lowest level when only 1% of Pakistanis actually attended events. The participation has generally remained low since 2010.
However, since Burhan Wani’s commander Hizbul Mujahideen, who was killed by the Indian army in July 2016, a new wave of violence has erupted in Kashmir (IHK).
Pellet injuries, death and persecution are contained in the poisonous air that continues to suffocate Kashmiris. Kashmir has once again come to the fore, and political forces in Pakistan may be watching Zashmir day with greater zeal to show their opposition to their historic enemy India.
Lahore’s streets are full of posters of the Punjab government over Kashmir day. The Ministry of Cashmere Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has also drawn up placards showing Indian violence.
Emerging political forces, such as Khadim Rizvi’s Tehreek Laibaik Ya Rasool Allah, are also collecting money for the day by securing Kashmiri’s solidarity.
Given this new momentum, one must ask whether Pakistan has responded in this way recently due to India’s aggressive policy towards Pakistan – not least the allegations of surgical strikes and hostile statements by the Indian army chief, who appear to play an increasingly politicized role Modes regime.
Kashmir was also cooking in 2010. Is it Kashmir that causes passion in Pakistan or is it anti-Indian rhetoric? It seems that Kashmir is completely absorbed in the bilateral policies of India and Pakistan.
Emotions are only strengthened when relations between the two countries are angry. This bilateralism becomes even more problematic when it comes to the situation of Azad Kashmiris. Assuring Kashmiris solidarity only in the CCI is the basic assumption that Kashmiris on this side of the LoC are completely emancipated and content.
They have no injustices, they have no complaints. Nobody has to be in solidarity with them. AJK is often ignored in the discussions on Kashmir and becomes relevant only when the Indian forces destroy it and kill dozens of innocent civilians living on the LoC.
A closer look at AJK, however, shows a terrible state of affairs. The year 2017 was the highest number of ceasefire violations since the 2003 ceasefire agreement. Already in 2018, more than 200 ceasefire violations were reported.
Men, women, and children living with the LoC face the brunt of the cross-lo blast, but the Pakistani government remains out of these areas.Occasional visits by military and political leaders to inspect the areas do little to alleviate the concerns of the AJK population. Just last week, nine people were injured in Khuirratta in Kotli district. However, when the locals protested against the shelling, they had to retreat.
Of course, one can argue that Indian bombardment is out of Pakistan’s control. What can Pakistan do if the enemy fires ruthlessly on civilians? But who is responsible for providing bunkers and basic amenities for the civilian population?
Why was the civilian population not relocated from shelling-damaged areas? Where is your compensation and allowance? Whose responsibility is it, if not the Government of the Civil Government and the Government of Pakistan?
Last year, when I visited Neelum Valley to inquire about families’ living conditions, the locals said that the civilian government in the area was largely absent. On another visit to the Naykal sector in Kotli, I met a young girl whose mother had been killed by a splinter.
“It was Eid, and we had the goats tied outside.” At night, the Indian army shelled and the mortar split our goat in. When my mother went outside to see the animals, a splinter hit her. No one was willing to take her to the hospital during the shelling, and people asked for Lak’s rupees to cross the street.
“When we finally took her to the hospital, they told us that we needed to get her to CMH Rawalpindi for proper treatment, and she died.” The young girl emphasized the importance of having a fully functioning hospital in the area. After all, in recent years the Nakyal sector has suffered one of the worst ceasefire violations. Losses are common.
It may perhaps be the main task of the government to equip the hospital and ensure that victims receive timely assistance. The same money spent on billboards and rallies would be better spent on improving the quality of medical services in the area, which can actually save lives.
The deceased husband’s husband also complained that “if someone dies beating incidents at the labor border in Punjab, they will receive five lakhs as compensation, and if my wife dies, we only have three lakhs.” “Does Kashmiri remain less important than Punjabi? ”
Roads are full of debris, sewers are not relocated, and the doctor-to-patient ratio is alarmingly low. Water and power shortages are undermining economic activity in an area where dams were built to cover the rest of Pakistan’s energy needs.
Royalties are not granted because AJK is not a province of Pakistan, but when it comes to running projects that benefit other parts of Pakistan, the area as part of the country is taken for granted. No permits will be obtained from the local government before launching projects that support Pakistan’s development.
Natives of Neelum Valley have campaigned for a road from Athmuqam to Taobat; Three Pakistani prime ministers – Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Nawaz Sharif – came and went and promised success, but to no avail. Kashmiris tells me that promises in this region are only broken.
This cashmere day that will work for Azad Kashmiris? Are not they Kashmiri enough? Are not they worth the intervention and attention? Are their fundamental rights not important?
Will Hafiz Saeed and Khadim Rizvi also stand up for them? Will the Punjab government and the federal government take responsibility for putting up posters on every Kashmir day?
Will the solidarity with Kashmir also extend to this side of the LoC, to the “azad” counterpart of the “occupied”? And will this solidarity remain as Indian-Pakistani relations improve?
Perhaps it would be more constructive to think about some of these questions than every fifth February when you knock and chatter with your chest. Solidarity must be demonstrated through sustainable development policies, the protection of fundamental rights and the provision of basic amenities.
Posters may arouse sympathy for Kashmiris in Pakistan, but this sympathy is nothing but a sacred obligation for the Kashmir cause, if just the Kashmiris, which represents the state, is overshadowed to jagosistischen representations on behalf of the “Solidarity”.