Amnesty International recently called upon President Obama to raise the issue of India's brutal oppression in Occupied Kashmir when he meets Prime Minister Singh in Washington.
Its words, "The Indian side of Kashmir is an area where the security forces commit mass human rights abuses with impunity...facilitated by the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and other similar laws."
Similarly, President Hu and President Obama, in a joint statement, have observed that the two sides, "agreed to cooperate...(in) bringing about more stable, peaceful relations in all of South Asia". Secretary of State Clinton maintained, in an interview on Friday, that the US wanted the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan to sort out their differences, including Kashmir.
However, India has been greatly upset at these declarations and continues to defy the calls for an understanding look at the situation that the lingering dispute creates both within Occupied Kashmir and outside.
It is a measure of Pakistan's disappointment that Foreign Minister Qureshi had to say that though we were urging for the resumption of talks, we were not looking for a photo session; we wanted 'constructive engagement and meaningful dialogue'.
He stressed that any talks without the participation of Pakistan would be futile. He had in mind India's efforts to engage the Kashmiri leaders from the occupied state to find a solution.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit did some plain speaking, when he remarked that India did not want peace in the region.
His conclusion is absolutely justified since New Delhi refuses to come to the negotiating table just because it would have to discuss Kashmir.
It is well known that even when the composite dialogue was going on it avoided coming to grips with the issue. As the history of post-partition reveals, the fate of Indo-Pakistan relations is closely linked to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris.
The indigenous nature of the current Kashmir freedom struggle is well known: it started almost 12 years ago in response to the killing of 100 peaceful Kashmiri demonstrators in Srinagar; over 83198 Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives in this struggle; thousands of Kashmiris have been injured, tortured or arbitrarily detained. No external influence could have persuaded the Kashmiri people to sustain their struggle for so long in the face of India's brutal military repression. It is only genuine and popular quest for freedom, which evokes such monumental sacrifices. Under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Dr. Paula R. Newberg wrote: "Since 1989, the number of dead (in Srinagar) has reached tens of thousands, the exact number unknown. Mostly boys and men, they have died for their religious beliefs, their political beliefs or because they were in the way. The circumstances of birth have become the accidents of death".
The legitimate response to India's military repression cannot be denigrated as "terrorism". The targets of the Kashmiri freedom fighters have been the instruments of India's occupation, not innocent civilians who are Kashmiris.
Indeed, terrorist acts in Kashmir have been largely sponsored by Indian agencies and "agents provocateur". Amnesty International's report "IF they are dead; tell us", and Human Rights Watch report "India's secret army in Kashmir", both testify that India has used Kashmiri renegades to carry out the worst forms of repression and human rights violations in Kashmir. Such acts of terrorism are an integral element of the Indian strategy to malign the Kashmiri freedom movement and to exploit international abhorrence of terrorism. Renegade groups have been given names by India like "Ikhwan-ul-Muslemoon" and "Taliban" to play upon the fears in the western countries and to make the repression of Kashmiris more palatable.
Asslamualikum Pakistani Brothers and Sisters
Indian Army killing Kashmiri next generation, Why you are still Sleeping, Where is your Brotherhood??
We are wating Muhammad Bin Qasim, Muhamood Ghaznawi from Pakistan
It was on August 11, last year, when Indian army personnel targeted senior APHC leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, shooting him dead, while he was leading a mammoth march towards the Line of Control.
Kashmiris shout anti-India and pro-liberation slogans during a protest in Srinagar against continued state-terrorism.
Srinagar, July 08 (KMS): In Srinagar, the occupation authorities imposed curfew in several localities, today, following massive protests against the killing of a student, who had gone missing from Maisuma on Friday. People took to the streets with high-pitched pro-liberation slogans in Gaw Kadal, Nauhatta, Kawdara, Rainawari, Habba Kadal and Rajouri Kadal.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions in these areas were closed and transport remained off the road. Several protestors were injured when Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse them. An angry mob set fire a police van in Maisuma. Processions were taken out from the Kashmir University and Islamia College in Srinagar.
Israr Mushtaq Dar, a second year student of Islamia College, had gone missing on Friday and his throat-slit body was recovered in Rainawari, today. The protestors told media men that the troops had martyred the student in custody.
Earlier, people rushed to the house of the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar, over-run police barricades and took him in a procession to Lal Chowk. The JKLF Chairman was under house arrest for the last two months.
Anti-India demonstrations were also held in Palhalan and Sopore. Agitation continued in Shopian for the 39th day, today.
On the other hand, addressing a delegate session in Badgam, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi and Professor Abdul Ghani Butt urged India to stop human rights violations in occupied Kashmir to create a conducive atmosphere for resolving the Kashmir dispute.
The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement in Srinagar, expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the Shahi Imam of Jamia Masjid Delhi, Maulana Syed Abdullah Bukhari, who died after prolonged illness, today.
In occupied Kashmir, despite curfew and other restrictions imposed by the authorities, people took to the streets at several places against the illegal detention of APHC leaders under draconian Public Safety Act.The people also protested against the restrictions on the movement of the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Forceful anti-India demonstrations marked with crippling strike were held at Nowhatta, Gojawara, Baramulla, Kupwara, Sopore, Islamabad, Shopian, Pattan and Palhalan. Dozens of people were injured when Indian police personnel resorted to brute force to break up the demonstrations.
The APHC Chairman while talking on telephone to Kashmir Media Service, urged India to reciprocate APHC’s five point proposal of the withdrawal of troops, repeal of black laws, inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in the talks process, free movement and free trade within different parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Besides the APHC Chairman, other Hurriyet leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Yasmin Raja continued to remain under house arrest and were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.
Curfew was imposed in Pulwama and the troops had sealed all entry points to the town to prevent Pulwama March, call for which was given by senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani, supported by the APHC Chairman.
The Executive Directors of Kashmir Centers in London and Brussels, Professor Nazir Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo in their separate statements condemned the detention of Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Aasiya Andrabi, Mohammad Salim Nunnaji, Mussarat Aalam Butt and Farooq Ahmad Dar.
In occupied Kashmir, all major cities and towns have been sealed and nobody is being allowed to venture out to march towards Shopian where two young innocent women were raped and murdered by Indian troops on May 30. The authorities have imposed undeclared curfew in downtown areas of Srinagar and in Shopian town to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. People of the downtown areas told media men that they are not being allowed to move out of their houses by Indian troops and police personnel.
Indian troops holding heavy automatic weapons and sticks have been witnessed marching the deserted streets. All exit and entrance points at the district headquarters have been sealed.
A high level meeting of the authorities, which was held in Srinagar, yesterday evening, decided that March would not be allowed. "No march will be allowed. We have decided it," said a senior police officer after the meeting. "We have decided not to allow any body to march from any place," he added.
“CRPF and police personnel have been deployed wherever it was needed and no one will be allowed to take out procession, said a senior police official from South Kashmir.
On the other hand, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi and other Hurriyet leaders have been placed under house arrest. The occupation authorities put in jails several Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Saleem Nunnaji, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Farida Behanji and Mushtaq-ul-Islam.
Meanwhile, the troops barged into the house of Imam-e-Hai, the imam of historic Jamia Masjid ransacked the household goods and harassed the inmates.
Farooq Rehmani in a statement said that reaction of the masses against the Shopian incident was natural and justified. He said that it was not the first incident but the troops time and again committed heinous crimes and the world witnessed all such happenings as a mute spectator.
Farooq Rehmani said that the Shopian incident was a deliberate attempt to break the political and psychological will of Kashmiris for freedom from Indian occupation. He said that if human rights violations were not stopped in the occupied territory and troops were not withdrawn the situation would further deteriorate.
He called upon the world community and international human rights organisations to take notice of Indian state terrorism and massive violation of human rights in occupied Kashmir. He said that settlement of the decades-long Kashmir dispute was imperative for establishing permanent peace in South Asia.
In occupied Kashmir, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to the international community to take cognisance of the fact that India is continuously using Kashmiri women as a weapon to suppress the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was addressing an extraordinary meeting of the APHC at his residence in Srinagar, today. He urged India to repeal black laws, withdraw its troops and take steps towards resolving the Kashmir dispute to ensure peace and stability in South Asia. The meeting was attended by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Fazl Haq Qureshi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza. Immediately after the meeting, Indian police personnel took Nayeem Ahmed Khan into custody and shifted him to an unknown destination.
On the other hand, the occupation authorities arrested several Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Farida Behanji and Mushtaq-ul-Islam from their residences, this morning, shifting them to undisclosed destinations. The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mian Abdul Qayoom and other Hurriyet leaders continued to remain under house arrest.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown continued for the seventh consecutive day, today, all across the Kashmir Valley against the molestation and subsequent murder of two women by the troops in Shopian. Forensic Science Laboratory report into the incident issued, today, revealed that the two women were raped before being murdered.
At least 20 people were feared dead as a vehicle, they were travelling in, fell into Chinab River at Karara in Doda. Three Indian troopers including a Junior Commissioned Officer were killed and three others injured in different road accidents in Ramban and Poonch areas.
Addressing a gathering of university teachers and students at Qum in Iran, Kashmiri intellectual, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam urged Iran and other Muslim countries to take notice of the miserable plight of the Muslims in India and of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.
Its still going on, people are still coming from all over the valley to show solidarity , slogans of azadi, "Hamari mandi Rawlpandi" and many more reverberating the whole of Srinagar. I just spoke to my journalist friend who was near the UNO office said, doctors, Advocates, businessmen , students , Ngo's all made this UNO office Chalo a success.
Mirwaiz Umar in his speech demanded that people should be granted the right to self determination, In a mammoth gathering Umar said that all the draconian laws should be repealed He said all this amid people roaring with pro-azadi slogans. Meanwhile what is pertinent to mention here is that while Syed Ali Shah Geelani was asking the audience who is their real leader, the other Hurriyat leaders could be seen whispering to each other. Geelani said, ""Do you have faith in my leadership? I will be faithful to you till my death and will carry everyone along, “We are Pakistanis and Pakistan is us because we are tied with the country through Islam," he roared, as the crowd cheered him and chanted: "Hum Pakistani hain, Pakistan hamara hai" (We are Pakistanis, Pakistan is ours).
m and i share your concern
for the privacy
and well being
of sasha and melia
may your children
get good education
and medical care
and grow up
ready to take their place
in the affairs of our world
unlike the children in Kashmir
let me add briefly
at your silence
you did speak out
as president elect
on other issues
and loss of civilian lives
not important for you?
Fake casting of votes by the occupation authorities was also noticed.
People took to the streets in protest against the holding of elections in Lal Chowk, Chanapora, Qamarwari, Nattipora, Barzalla, Zaindar Mohallah, Fateh Kadal, Batamaloo and Aarigam. Pro Freedom, Pro Pakistan and anti-election slogans were raised on the occasion. Dozens of people were injured when Indian terrorists army and police personnel resorted to massive tear gas shelling to disperse the protesting youth. Clashes between the protestors and the Indian police personnel were witnessed at Zenakot till last reports came in. Unidentified youth hurled a petrol bomb at a polling station in Lal Bazaar. A special police officer was killed in an attack in Neeldhok in Rajouri.
The occupation authorities had placed Hurriyet leaders including the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi under house arrest. Thousands of policemen and paramilitary troopers wearing bulletproof jackets and carrying assault rifles were seen marching the deserted streets of Srinagar. The troops had erected the barricades and laid concertina wires to foil anti-election protests.
The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq talking to the KMS on telephone said that the indifference shown by the people towards the election drama should serve as an eye opener to India that should come forward in a serious manner to resolve the Kashmir dispute, once and for all.
Dozens of people were injured in clashes between the demonstrators and the Indian police personnel, who resorted to heavy lathi-charge and excessive tear-gassing. The protesters raised high-pitched slogans in favour of freedom and against fake elections. The Bar Association staged a protest at the court premises in Srinagar.
Earlier, the occupation authorities had placed under house arrest several Hurriyet leaders and activists including the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Gilani. Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Yasmeen Raja and Farida Behnji were also put under house arrest. They were not allowed even to offer Juma prayers. Indian police personnel arrested APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt while leading an anti-0election procession in Islamabad town. Another Hurriyet leader, Firdous Ahmed Shah was arrested from his residence in Srinagar. The JKLF-R took out a procession at Kokar Bazar in Srinagar.
The APHC Chairman in a media interview in Srinagar strongly condemned the use of undemocratic methods by Indian authorities to prevent Hurriyet leaders from reaching to people with their anti-election campaign. The Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl in a statement took strong exception to the arrests of Hurriyet leaders.
The youth were shot dead by the troops during a siege and search operation at Tarzoo in the town.
Ajj Dunya ki Do naam nihad Democratic Countries ne Muslims ka katle aam karne ke lye guth jore kar lya hai.
Dono countries aik dusre se bohat door hain, lakin dono ka agenda aik hai, ke "katle e aam karo aur hakumat karo". Dono countries terrorism ko khatam karne ke naam per un logo ka katl e aam kar rahi hain, jo ke Apni freedom ke lye larr rahe hain.
Agar freedom lena terrorism hai, to kya gandhi terrorists tha, kya gabar singh terrorist tha, kya nelson mendela terrorists tha.
Inshallah wo din door nahi jab kashmiri aur pelestine awam freedom hasil kare gi.
Haan hasil kare gi, kyon ke freedom hasil ki jati hai aur cheeni jati hai. koi khud freedom nahi deta.
Nations ko freedom ke lye apni kai kai generation ka khoon dena hota hai, jiss tarha kashmiri aur pelestini de rahe hain.
Long Live Kashmir - Long Live Pelestine
Nasrum minillah he wa fath un kareeb
The people of Kashmir have been facing traumatic conditions under despots for centuries. Even their own Kashmiri Kings except a few were not kind to them. But it was the Mughal King Akbar who treacherously brought Kashmir under his Delhi rule. The tragic episode upset Kashmiris in every way and much more terror and tyranny was perpetuated by Afghan governors and Sikh rulers. This humiliating state of affairs did not end here. Although the British inflicted an ignominious defeat on the Sikh rulers of Punjab, but Kashmiris were sold to Dogra Rajas of Jammu, who under the patronage of British treated them like deaf and dumb cattle for one hundred years. According to the British historians the status of Kashmiris was definitely worse than the people of France before the French revolution. The governors of Delhi, Kabul and Lahore looked down upon Kashmiris as the Roman Pro-councils treated Africans. The famous commissioner of settlement for Kashmir Walter R Lawrence was compelled to make these remarks in his book the “Valley of Kashmir”
“It is the matter for surprise that under rapid transition of governments varying in race, religion and language, the people of the valley should have retained their peculiar nationality unimpaired.”
After the Sikh rulers Dogra rulers of Jammu thought it their prerogative to suppress and terrorize the people of Kashmir. It is here when the dark age of Kashmir entered into the 20th century. After the first war of India’s independence in 1857 some British journalists and writers went to Kashmir and on their return to London, they wrote their observations in some magazines of London. They say, “Kashmiris have been brutally terrorized so they express their grief in mosques in Fajr prayers, their hearts are broken, which might have caused 1857 calamity to British citizens in Meerut and Delhi. These writers say it was not the right decision to hand over the destiny of worshipers of one God to the idolaters, who follow many gods and goddesses”. It is a fact that the Kashmiris during that age used to express their grief in Natiyah verses with an impressive language.
In the third decade of the 2oth century the people of Kashmir began street protests against the religious and political injustice and economic exploitation, resulting in the tragedy of 13 July 1931, when dogra police massacred 21 Muslims under indiscriminate firing, before the central jail of Srinagar. It sent shock waves throughout the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and as its after effects people began offering great sacrifices and facing medieval punishments by the Dogra rulers till 1947, when India became free and a new country—Pakistan was born on the map of South Asia. The creation of Pakistan was a historical victory for the Muslims of the sub continent. The people of Jammu and Kashmir were already aware of the Pakistan movement and they were sympathetic towards it. They were eagerly awaiting the clarion call of the dawn of freedom in Kashmir. The termination of the British Raj in India meant an end to the rule of princes in India but no body knew that another dark period of trial and tribulation was in store for Kashmiris. The leaders of the Indian national congress and the fanatic Hindu communalists were aware of the geo political importance of the state of J&K. Therefore they had started wooing Kashmiri leaders in 1930s in many ways. Consequently their hypocrisy and the relations between Pandit Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah laid down adverse effects on the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. The congress leadership of India believed in extending their own strategic interests to the far-flung mountain ranges, skies and waters of the region. A close associate of pandit Nehru Mr. VP Menon wrote in his book ‘the story of integration’ that ‘Kashmir was important for our security and integrity in the region’. Before the partition of India Gandhiji and some other Hindu leaders paid mysterious visits to Kashmir and discussed future of the state with the Dorgra rulers and national conference leaders. In the light of their impressions they chalked out their future strategy about Jammu & Kashmir. The confession comes from the pen of Jag Mohan a former Governor of occupied Kashmir who is known for his anti Muslim role both as Governor of Delhi under the rule of Indra Ghanghi and as Governor of Kashmir in 1990. In his book,” My frozen turbulence in Kashmir” He testifies:-
“ Gandhi’s visit to Kashmir in July–August 1947, his meeting with the Maharaja on August 1, dismissal of R.C. Kak from the office of prime Minster on August 10 , release of Sheikh Abdullah on September 29, after tendering ‘unqualified apology’ in his letter of September 26, strengthening of the road link between Pathankot and Jammu, and the scheme to construct a boat bridge over the river Ravi, all would seem to suggest that ground was being prepared for accession of the state to India; at least the possibility was not being ruled out…..”(Page 83)
After Sheikh Abdullah’s release on Sep 29, Pandit Nehru sent a letter to him in Srinagar through Dawarika Nath Kachru Secretary General of the All India States people’s conference, who attended a high level meeting of the top leaders of the National Conference in Srinagar and also met with Abdullah and wrote a letter to Mr. Nehru on 4 Sept, 1947:-
“Sheik Sahib and his close associates have decided for the Indian Union. But, this decision has not been announced yet and the impression is being given that so far the National Conference have taken no decision.” (Kashmir article 370 by Mohan Krishan Teng)
The disclosures of this letter refute India’s propaganda that the decision to accept accession of Kashmir and sent aerial troops to Srinagar on October 27, was made after the tribesmen attacked Kashmir. In order to seal the destiny of the people of Kashmir and remove all geo-hurdles in the way of Kashmir’s accession with India Vice Roy Lord Mountbatten played through Red Cliff the final mischief, by changing the boundary commission report to hand over Muslim majority district of Gurdaspur to India. After this conspiracy a fictitious letter of accession in the name of Maharaja was drafted and thus Indian troops were airlifted to Srinagar on October 27 1947. This tragic event struck a hard-blow on the long struggle of freedom for Kashmir and now they had to fight with equal zeal and zest against the neo-imperialism of India in Kashmir. The people of Kashmir accepted the new challenge and decided to carry on their struggle for freedom. The government of India was frustrated to see the angry reaction of the people of Kashmir against the accession with Delhi. So Lord Mountbatten and Nehru in their separate messages to Pakistan and Kashmir declared this accession as provisional and assured that the people of Kashmir will be given every opportunity to decide their future through a free, fear and impartial plebiscite, under the international supervision of UN. On August 7 1952 Pt. Nehru declared:-
“It is an international problem. We do not want to win people against their will and with the help of armed forces and if the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir so wish to Part Company with us, they can go their way and we shall go our way. We want no forced marriages, no forced unions like this so we accept this basic preposition that this question is going to be decided finally by the good will and pledge of the people of Kashmir, not I say, by the good will and pleasure of even this parliament, if it so chooses, not because this parliament may not have the strength to decide it. I do not deny that because this parliament has not only laid down in this particular matter that a certain policy will be pursued in regard to J& K state but it has been our policy…
But whether it is a pain and torment, if the people of Kashmir want to go out, let them go because we will not keep them against their will however painful it may be to us. That is the policy that India will pursue…Because the strongest bonds that bind will not be the bonds of your armies or even of your constitution, to which so much reference has been made, but bonds which are stronger than the constitution and law and armies—bonds that bind through love and affection and understanding of various people…”
Gandhiji visited Srinagar for the first time at the age of 77. The public opinion in Kashmir forced him to declare:-
“…the princes being the creation of British imperialism and the British having quitted India, the people in the states were their own masters and Kashmiris must therefore decide without any coercion or show of it from within and without to which dominion they should belong.”
While addressing the Security Council on 8 February 1957 Krishna Mennon Defense Minister of India said:-
“If it is possible for any sovereign state to cede territory, if as a result of plebiscite, if ever it did come, the people decided that they did not want to stay with India, then our duty at that time would be to adopt those constitutional procedures which would enable us to separate that territory.”
Keeping in view the world opinion and the past history of Kashmir, the Security Council also upheld the principle of the right of self determination, affirming that the people of Kashmir would be given opportunity to decide their future through a free, fair and impartial plebiscite to be held under the auspices of the UNO. Thus a cease-fire was executed between India and Pakistan. After the truce agreement between India and Pakistan the state of Jammu and Kashmir got divided and its people were separated from each other. Now India began using all evil and sinister methods to curb down the demand for plebiscite. At the same time the commander-in-chief of the Indian army addressed a top level gathering of national conference in the Baramula camp. He said, “The basic emergency task of the army has finished, but the goal to give this accession a truly public color is to be started now. This goal can be achieved by political and cultural activities and not by force. You are the future upholders of this mission.”
India and Sheikh Abdullah knew well that the people of Kashmir had not liked the Indian army in their State. Even National Conference was divided over the accession issue. Only Abdullah due to his personal relations with Mr. Nehru plunged Kashmir into this whirlpool. On the very first day of the troop landing in Srinagar, the Indian soldiers killed some civilians on their way to Badami Bagh Camp and humiliated women in the city of Srinagar and elsewhere. The people had gathered in Lal Chowk and expressed their anger against the military attack and the human rights abuses by the army in Srinagar. All these developments were of grave concern and shame for both the Indian leadership and the National Conference leaders.
India feared humiliation in Kashmir from every angle. He had made the promise of plebiscite before the world. The people of Kashmir were more eager to see the arrangements for plebiscite and certainly in spite of torture in police custody, imprisonment and exile of many political workers, there were strong pro-Pakistan tendencies among Kashmiris. Therefore, India paid equal attention to both military and political aspects in Kashmir. Notwithstanding the UN resolutions, India began raising the numerical strength of her army and stockpiling of arms and ammunition in Kashmir. Sheikh Abdullah’s Government and his party were given free hand to crush the opposition and free press by draconian laws. Thus workers of the national conference launched a campaign of terror against the pro-plebiscite workers throughout the state. They would not wait for police to arrest a man, rather they themselves having arrest warrants in their pockets picked political workers and arrested them for listening to Radio Pakistan or Azad Kashmir Radio. These were banned radio stations in early 1950s.
In order to divert the public attention from plebiscite, Sheikh Abdullah with the tacit approval of Delhi conducted sham elections for the state constituent assembly in 1951. But before that the assembly of 1946 was illegally dissolved. In the 1951 assembly elections all the 75 candidates of the ruling party were returned unopposed. The UN Security Council had already passed the resolution declaring that the elections in Jammu & Kashmir would never be accepted as a substitute for plebiscite. Dr. Joseph corbel member of the UNCIP has made the following remark on the so called elections in, his book danger in Kashmir” “No dictator could do better than this”.
In spite of her lofty claims about democracy India continued human rights abuses in Kashmir and held every time fraudulent elections in the state. This practice continues unabated to this time. In July 1977 when a former Home Minister Mr. Chaudry Charan Singh visited Kashmir in connection with election campaign, he confessed that all the previous elections held in Jammu and Kashmir were rigid and manipulated. The story of elections for the State Assembly since 1951 is always a ridiculous one, whether these elections were held under the rule of Sheikh Abdullah or Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad or Ghulam Muhammad Sadiq or Mir Qasim or Farooq Abdullah. The stand to boycott these elections by the freedom fighting parties has every time been vindicated.
Sheikh Abdullah and Delhi rulers failed to suppress and change the popular sentiments of Kashmiris between 1947 and 1953, although the government had been armed with very harsh laws of detention without trail. Strangely, if on the one hand the Indian government was sharpening its teeth against Kashmiris, on the other hand Sheikh Abdullah was becoming isolated from the people in the state. 19 July 1953 is a remarkable day of those fateful years when against all political odds citizens of Srinagar defied prohibitory orders and thousands gathered in Nawakadal Srinagar to protest against the accession with India. Some leading members of the ruling National Conference and some Hindu lawyers led by Khawaja Ghulam Mohiuddin Qarah participated in a big demonstration and launched the political movement for freedom and Pakistan. The new Phenomenon terribly shook the government and the party of Sheikh Abdullah. He began rethinking and some other factors also created differences between sheikh Abdullah and the Government of India, resulting in the arrest of sheikh Abdullah on 9 August 1953. His deputy Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad took over as the new prime Minster of Jammu and Kashmir. The following decades saw a strong popular movement of plebiscite growing in Jammu and Kashmir, and the people in thousands faced imprisonments, tortures, detentions and killings for decades together. Two political organizations namely J&K Plebiscite Front patronized by Sheikh Abdullah and Kashmir political conference founded by Kh. Ghulam Mohiuddin Qarah were the leading organizations of the times in Jammu and Kashmir. This was certainly a unique period of freedom movement in Kashmir, when the inhabitants of the occupied region from Ladakh to Kathua irrespective of cast, creed and region took part in the struggle for independence. No black laws or revengeful steps by the regime could deter the people from lining-up with the struggle.
On 29 December 1963 the occupied state rose in revolt against India and Indian stooges, when the sacred hair was stolen mysteriously from Hazratbal Shrine cum Mosque. The demand for the sacred hair instantly changed into a full-scale mass freedom movement in the length and breadth of Kashmir. Pandit Nehru was forced to release many political workers including Sheikh Abdullah from prisons. After having detailed talks with Abdullah in Delhi, Pandit Nehru sent him and his associates Mirza Afzal Bagh, Mouvlana Masoodi and others to Pakistan to negotiate a constitutional settlement of Kashmir with Pakistan. The process of dialogue could not move forward due to the death of Pt. Nehru. Thus Sheikh Abdullah cut short his visit and returned to Delhi without any success on the dispute of Kashmir.
1965 the freedom struggle in Kashmir was at its peak and we have a comment of Seleeg Harison, then correspondent of Washington post over the situation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir:-
“I visited Kashmir in July in 1965, and I cam e to know that the inhabitants of Kashmir are against Indian rule in a solid manner, and 12 Indian army brigades are trying to contain the movement of the right of self determination.”(Washington post 14 August 1965)
This situation was used by India as a pretext to cross the international border and attack Pakistan from Lahore. But after 7 days war the world leaders intervened and thus the war came to an end, which was followed by Tashkent Pact between the two countries on 10 January 1966.
During the September war the ‘Defense of India Rules was promulgated and many people were arrested under draconian laws in thousands and detained for years without trial. Many People especially living along the cease-fire line were forced to migrate to AJK and Pakistan and many more were killed, tortured and humiliated in army camps. In 1966 Indian spying network was further strengthened and additional troops were sent to Kashmir to quell the mass uprising in the state but in spite of the cease-fire between India and Pakistan the struggle for freedom spread throughout the state and a new phenomenon in the form of underground armed activities was introduced by the younger generation. Many villages and towns were burnt and looted by army between Aug and October 1965, which includes the wide spread fire of Batmallo Srinagar on August 14 1965. The Indian Army was blamed for this fire too.
The Tashkent Pact 1966 was followed by Simla Pact in 1972 between India and Pakistan. On the other side India engaged Plebiscite Front leaders and maneuvered another Delhi accord with Sheikh Abdullah in 1975. It is also called Indra-Abdullah Pact 1975. But the people of Kashmir rejected every time these bilateral agreements. On February 28, 1975 the whole of Jammu and Kashmir went on a historical strike over a call given by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Late Zulfiqar Ali Bhuthoo to protest against the Delhi agreement of Sheikh Abdullah and Indra Gandhi, which is an echoing day in the history of Kashmir. State wide movement of plebiscite received severe set back from bilateral agreements and Daka fall, resulting in mounted pressure on the movement in 1970s. But a new generation of Kashmiris kept the flame of freedom burning. They looked forward and discovered new horizons amidst dark clouds and hostile winds. Although some groups of young men had started underground armed struggle in 1960s, but the struggle launched in late 1980s was more pronounced, which sent away more forceful signals of liberation to the world in general and India in particular. It means that the fire of freedom will not extinguish in Kashmir till Kashmiris regain their lost independence. Every big or small event in 1970s and 1980s frustrated India and puzzled and stunned political and religious leaders who became irrelevant in Kashmir. A daylong forceful demonstration by thousands of cricket spectators against India in the Sonawar stadium in Oct 1983 shook India and the chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was angrily asked to explain his weakness behind this anti India outburst in the heart of the capital. On 11 Feb. India challenged Kashmiris by sending Muhammad Maqbool Butt to gallows in Tihar jail Delhi, disregarding legal procedures and international human rights law, resulting in further alienation of Kashmiris from India. In 1987, Muslim United Front an amalgam of different political and religious parties participated in assembly elections to challenge India through the ballot paper. But, India and Farooq Abdullah raped the sanctity of the ballot by rigging the elections and declaring NC candidates as winners. The subsequent events further exposed India’s nefarious designs in Kashmir.
1980’s was a decade of political upheavals, trials and tribulations, which gave people self-confidence and the freedom movement, achieved the character of all-pervading popular Intifada in 1990. Further Indian onslaught and intransigence pushed the movement towards armed struggle. It was backed by popular support and became known by the term Jihad. Thus began a new period of great human sacrifices in Kashmir. The people of Kashmir discovered new soul, spirit and new world in their land of birth. The Indian claim to be a big democracy of the world was fully exposed in Kashmir. India to every Kashmiri was now a wolf in lambs’ clothes.
During the past fifteen years India has committed heinous crimes in Kashmir in the form of untold and unprecedented abuses of human rights on men, women and children, besides genocide and custodial killings of over eighty thousand people. India’s naked dance of rape, murder, loot and arson continues unabated in the occupied region. The question is asked how long the champions of world peace and civilization will see the truth and wait.
The roots of the freedom movement have gone very deep into the history of Kashmir. The people of Kashmir believe in unfettered struggle and are never ready to retrieve and compromise even under untoward circumstances of oppression. In the past Kashmiris revolted against the sale deal of Amritsar and they equally rose against the annexation of Kashmir by India in 1947 and showed to the world the ugliest face of India’s so-called secular democracy. The Kashmir struggle has almost historical continuity. Neither agreements between India and Pakistan nor between Srinagar and Delhi could break the chain of its continuity in the last fifty seven years. Kashmir struggle is based upon the right of self-determination under the principle of universal declaration of human rights and UN resolutions on Kashmir. Notwithstanding moral crisis in the conscience of the world powers UN continues to regard Kashmir as a disputed region where people have not exercised their inalienable right—the right of self-determination. It is the oldest international dispute on the UN agenda and also the Indo-Pakistan record can bear witness to this fact. India always made futile attempts to portrait it as its internal constitutional problem but the unprecedented sacrifices of the people of Kashmir compelled former president Bill Clinton to call it a flash point of Asia. Nowadays no world leader has to say anything other than this remark by any American leader.
The current struggle is homegrown and nourishes with snowball spontaneity. India calls this movement as imported terrorism, which is a big lie. The relationship between Kashmiris and freedom fighters is like a fish in the water. Our society has embraced this movement and every section of the society has played vital role in furthering glorious cause of freedom. It is not a class war or communal, religious conflict, but the final goal of our struggles is freedom from India. There are no communal prejudices in Kashmir. Our peoples overwhelming majority believe in the simple teachings of Islam, never in narrow nationalism or terrorism. We believe in patriotism and communal harmony. In fact, Kashmiri Muslims and non-Muslims lived together a peaceful life in the past. But it was sad that the Hindu minority was misled by Indian communalists and thus they fled away from the valley in 1990. They fail to sympathize with the trauma of Kashmiri Muslims, who are humiliated by the brute force of Indian military. Despite hard facts Kashmiri Muslims have time and again invited migrant Hindus back to main stream of Kashmir. The present struggle owes its birth to the sacred blood of Kashmiris, and hopefully it will reach its destination with the help of almighty Allah.
Kashmir is the long-standing dispute of over 13 million inhabitants of Jammu and Kashmir who despite their geographical, religious, and linguistic differences are popularly known as Kashmiris. The people of Kashmir are the long—suffering people in South Asia and undoubtedly their struggle for freedom is a long-running popular movement like any other freedom struggle. For Indian and Pakistan it may be a dispute but for Kashmiris it is their right to fight for their freedom and the right of self determination. Kashmir is also a central factor determining political and economical relations between India and Pakistan
This can easily and simply be resolved if India like Pakistan is ready to recognize this birth right of the people of Kashmir. Kashmiris for the last several decades have been gazing longingly at their dream of freedom which has become their catch-word in the last one and a half decade.
The freedom struggle of Kashmir has a unique pivot-ability, spontaneity and centrality in the national and social life of Kashmiris. It is a candle light in a dark night round whose bright flames moths and butterflies burn their beautiful lives. They may burn in millions but the candle light will not extinguish till dawn. To every Kashmiri freedom is beauty and truth and they are always ready to die for their goal of freedom.
It is dimensional and now no more only a political issue. It has deep social bearings because the blood-soaked sacrifices of the people of Kashmir have shattered families, disturbed societies and moved human conscience. A Kashmiri is always proud of his participation and association with his freedom struggle of Kashmir.
The ebb and flow in the freedom struggle has equally influenced the question of the settlement of the future status of J&K.
No doubt, the political agitation in Kashmir began with the civil rights movement in 1920s and 1930s but it became a full-fledged struggle for the achievement of the right of self determination in 1947, when India annexed two-third of the region by her military might. The slogans such as plebiscite and will of the people became very popular in those days of the history. Mahjoor the national poet of Kashmir eulogized this concept lucidly in his verse. Pandit Nehru used the word referendum as a means to grant the right of self determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. He at the same time sought intervention of UN Security Council in Kashmir. Internationally the world debated on the dispute and passed numerous UN resolutions between 1940s and 60s. Unfortunately India started dilly-dallying and distracting from her promises of a free and impartial plebiscite and both India and Pakistan made futile bilateral efforts to settle the dispute but till date no bilateral agreement could bring peace and justice to Kashmir. India also signed some bilateral agreements with Kashmiri political leaders, in 1952 and 1975 causing further unrest among the masses which bursted out fully in 1990s like a volcano adding a new dimension in the form of armed resistance for freedom. This was yet another important opportunity to respond to the call of the time but India did not. Had India seen the writing on the wall in 1990, the irreparable human loss in Kashmir would have been stopped.
All the developments which shaped political upsurge in Kashmir and pointed to the vulnerability of this dispute testify that Kashmir is not a territorial conflict. It involves the right to freedom, the right to choose the destiny and right to self determination of some million human beings who live in this region. It is not a constitutional case between two or more provinces of the same country. It is still on the agenda of the United Nations.
In the recent years India has tried to equate it the freedom struggle with terrorism and persuade international community to declare it as a terrorist movement. This has only complicated the road to conflict resolution and the hope on the peace process in Kashmir has dwindled to almost nothing. Thousands of graves spread all over Kashmir belie India’s claims. More over continuity and spontaneity of human sacrifices in this environment of war against terrorism tells a different tale to the world if they listen.
India is still reluctant to include Kashmiris as a third party in her talks with Pakistan. Pakistan’s basic stand of talks is in line with the dialogue concept of Kashmiris.
We can say that the freedom struggle has changed the entire spectrum of Kashmir dispute. The people of Kashmir have discovered bright horizons of success. It is now the Kashmiri who is on the forefront. He is no longer a back bencher. He is a front bencher. He is the king without crown. Hence no two can sign one more bilateral agreement on Kashmir against the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
Dimensional strength of Kashmir struggle has positively affected the dispute of Kashmir. All the three parties of the dispute have to sit together and draw a comprehensive road map for resolution of the conflict to accomplish the urges and aspirations of the people. The role of the struggle is vital in the larger interests of the conflict resolution. The freedom struggle is in a way helping India and Pakistan to intensify their search for a just and durable solution.
Kashmiris have offered unprecedented sacrifices since 1980s and are continuing their freedom struggle courageously today. So it has a linkage with present past and future. It has also brought back a historical and futuristic view-point that there could be no settlement sane Kashmiris. Only the freedom struggle would compel India to agree upon a more flexible, viable and compatible road map based upon the participation of Kashmiris in the dialogue.
There is no place for status co, LOC or soft border as a solution in the eyes of Kashmiris. The freedom struggle aims at greater say of Kashmiris to resolve Kashmir dispute according to the universally acknowledged right—the right of self determination.
The freedom struggle to settle Kashmir dispute has made inroads in America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Kashmiris outside India and Pakistan are playing active diplomatic role to gain support for freedom and peaceful resolution of this imbroglio. NGOs Around the world are paying greater attention to the human rights conditions than in the past. Thus the resistance movement has attracted the bona-fide support of the global community. The freedom movement to bring the goal of a peaceful settlement nearer has become invincible. It has compelled the world to talk about Kashmir and facilitate although indirectly its peaceful solution. Under the given developments the resolution of Kashmir can not be put on the back burner again and gone are the days when one could think of relegating it to the future. Also the issue can not be seen through the tinted glasses of past and present rulers of Kashmir who perpetuated their tyranny on Kashmiris for their selfish ends and wasted 57 years of Jammu and Kashmir.
These are the defining moments of Kashmir history. A Kashmiri wants to define his slogans himself. A blood-soaked history of Kashmir is to be red in almost every home and hearth. So the Kashmir dispute must end with the new dawn and new sun for Kashmir. India’s constitutional and economic packages or cultural shows would mean little to Kashmiris and would not change the character of freedom struggle into dispute resolution as long as India is bent upon militarism in Kashmir. The present freedom struggle is really the only key to the resolution of conflict and it also can ensure the future of Kashmir as a nation.
At the end I would like to recall a thousand times valuable saying of an Algerian freedom fighter Saad Dahalk, who warned France in July 1960 in response to the latters proposal of constitutional autonomy. He said and I quote him, “Our people have not eaten grass and roots in order to obtain a new statute given as a concession.”
Addressing a gathering at the main Chowk of Bandipore and earlier Juma congregation at Jamia Masjid of the town, the APHC Chairman, emphasized that no amount of Indian state terrorism would deter Kashmiris from continuing their liberation struggle till its logical end. He urged the international community to take notice of the fact that Kashmiri youth were randomly killed by Indian troops to punish them for raising the democratic voice of right to self-determination. The APHC chairman maintained that the people of Kashmir would remain united to realize the dreams of Kashmiri martyrs.
Similar demonstrations were held in Khaigam Pakharpora in Pulwama and Bomai in Sopore in protest against the recent killings in the areas. People in large numbers took to streets demanding withdrawal of Indian troops form occupied Kashmir. Complete strike was observed in Bamai area on the second day, today.
APHC leaders, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Mohammad Abdullah Tari, Pandit Bhushan Bazaz, Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir and JKLF-R in their separate statements denounced the recent killings by the troops in Bomai, Nowhatta and Pakharpora areas.
In Rajwar Chowkibal area of Handwara, clash was going on between Indian troops and Mujahideen (Kashmiri Freedom Fighters) till last reports came in.
GAUHATI, India—Depressed from how New Delhi is suppressing local Assamese people who want to carve a separate homeland out of India, people in Assam waved Pakistan's flags in five districts.The eastern Indian state is one of a dozen Indian states in the north and east where ferocious freedoms movements are in full swing, demanding the right of self determination from Indian rule.As usual, the Indian government, blaming Pakistani agencies for the violence, has ordered an immediate enquiry for this incident.
The officials in New Delhi are so disturbed by this that they have invoked patriotism while asking newspaper editors across India to black out any news about the freedom movements.This week a student delegation visited the State’s governor and told him that ‘the villagers informed us that the miscreants were shouting slogans like Pakistan zindabad [Long live Pakistan] through loudspeakers in Dalgaon and some other border areas,” according to a report in The Assam Tribune.The Indian paper called on the government to give “stern punishment to those who hoisted Pakistani flags.”
The Indian Express reported the story in one paragraph: “Meanwhile, media persons saw a Pakistani flag in Sonaripara and Mohanpur villages and took photographs of them. Local television channels also ran footage of the flags. Officials and security forces denied any knowledge of the presence of the flags.New Delhi is disturbed by this new trend where the Pakistani flag has emerged as a symbol of freedom in India.
Indian officials are still smarting from the shock of a unanimous rejection of India across Kashmir. For years the Kashmiris have been marking India’s national day on Aug. 15 as a Black Day. But this year, Kashmir witnessed a unanimous civil disobedience and massive street protests where Kashmiris joined in raising the Pakistani flag and chanting slogans rejecting their forced inclusion in the Indian state.
The massive protests shocked the Indian media and ordinary Indians who for years were shielded by New Delhi authorities from ground realities in Kashmir and were fed an official version that almost the entire free Indian media adhered to without asking questions. The size and the impressive unanimity of Kashmiri protests this year helped break Indian official media blackout and provided the Indian people a chance to see for their own what their governments have been hiding for decades now, where the Kashmir dispute was often peddled as a Pakistani creation and not the result of indigenous Kashmiri demands.
LAHORE-Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on February 5 (today) in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir with great national fervour.
It will be a public holiday and all govt, semi-govt offices, educational institutions, commercial centres and markets will remain closed.
The day is observed to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle to resolve the Kashmir dispute according to UN resolutions.
The dispute is unresolved since the past 60 years after the Indian refusal to allow plebiscite in Kashmir in order to facilitate Kashmiris to decide their fate according to the UN resolutions which were adopted to resolve conflict between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
The successive Indian govts not only refused to hold plebiscite but continued rhetoric of Kashmir as ‘atootang’ of India.
During Pervez Musharraf’s regime, a fresh attempt was made to resolve Kashmir dispute by dialogue but Indian stubborn attitude hampered the dialogue between Pervez Musharraf and Indian former Prime Minister Vajpayee.
However, later both the countries agreed to resume the composite dialogue including Kashmir dispute alongwith other issues of trade and cultural exchange. Both the countries also resolved to make confidence building measures before the meaningful talks.
However, nothing tangible came out of these dialogues despite unilateral CBMs by Pakistan and now the composite dialogue are also not progressing as anticipated.
The political, social organisations and Kashmiri organisations will stage protest demos, seminars and symposium on the day. One minute silence would also be observed to pay tributes to Kashmiri martyres.
A chain of human hands will be made by Pakistani and Kashmiri people from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir as a sign of unity and solidarity. Pakistani and Kashmiri delegations will present memorandum to UN office in Islamabad demanding plebiscite in Kashmir according to the UN resolutions.
In Lahore, a number of seminars and symposium will be held on the day. Nazria Pakistan Foundation, Kashmir Action Committee, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Kashmir Centre and other Kashmiri organisations will stage protest demos.
President, PM for just solution of Kashmir
Our staff reporter adds: President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan would continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support for a just and peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people.
“We remain engaged in a sincere, sustained and purposeful dialogue with India on Kashmir. We believe that with sincerity, courage and flexibility, we can achieve a solution to the long-standing Kashmir dispute,” the President said in his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day.
He said that Pakistan always stressed the need to end violence and human rights abuses in Indian occupied Kashmir. He said that Pakistan firmly believed that an enabling environment is necessary for the success of peace process.
“Today, we observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day; we salute the families of over ninety thousand Kashmiris who have sacrificed their lives in the valiant struggle to attain their inalienable right to freedom. Pakistan extends its full support for the inherent rights of the Kashmiri people to determine their own destiny,” the President said.
Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro said,”The Government of Pakistan remains steadfast in extending its full support to the Kashmiris in their struggle of freedom.”
“We observe Kashmir Solidarity Day every year to mark our unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the valiant struggle of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters to achieve their legitimate right to self-determination,” the Prime Minister said in his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day.
The Prime minister said that on behalf of the Government and the people, he would like to say that Kashmir Solidarity Day would be observed across the country and Azad Kashmir today (Tuesday) with a pledge to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people in their struggle for right to self-determination.
I dont know if to say "Happy Kashmir Day" because the situation in occupied Kashmir is not such that we should be celebrating. For 60 years the people of Indian occupied Kashmir have only faced Martial Law. India claim to be the world largest democracy but in Kashmir the people have no right to choose. India's first Prime Minister said that India would hold an election in Kashmir to determine which nation the people of Kashmir wanted to join, but 60 years later nothing. Judging by India's recent brutalities we shouldn't expect elections in Kashmir in the near future. India has used force to keep its federation. They used force in Jundagh, Hyderabad, Goa, Kashmir and many other places. At peace talks India seems ready to talk about everything except for Kashmir. 60 years on its about time that India fulfill the promise that it made to the people of Kashmir 60 years ago. Let them decide, let them have a voice in your democracy, let them vote.
Call for the observance of the Day has been given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir. They have appealed to the people of the occupied territory to observe complete shutdown and hoist black flags on the rooftops of their houses on the occasion.
On the other hand, a red alert has been sounded in the occupied territory by the occupation authorities. Indian troops and police have intensified their search operations and frisking of pedestrians and motorists. The Srinagar city, particularly the areas around Bakhshi Stadium, the venue of the main official function, are under siege as the troops have strengthened their vigil by occupying all high-rise buildings. Surveillance cameras have also been installed around the Bakhshi Stadium.
The APHC, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and the JKLF-Rajbagh in their separate statements in Srinagar, today, expressed serious concern over the inconvenience and distress caused to common people on the pretext of so-called security arrangements ahead of the Indian Republic Day.
Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four innocent Kashmiri youth, two each of them at Sher Bibi in Ramban and Shah Nagri in Handwara. »
"Even founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah termed Kashmir as "jugular vein" of Pakistan," he was addressing an Iftar dinner hosted in his honour by Muslim Conference's Secretary Information [UK] Syed Hussein Sarwar.
The Iftar dinner was well attended by Sardar Iftikhar Rashid, former mayor councillor of Luton Raja Saleem Khan, Additional general Secretary of MC UK Mohammad Riaz Butt, Khwaja Kabir Hussein and eminent Kashmiri intellectual A H Shaheen and Amir Aksar Khan president MC branch Luton.
'Accession to Pakistan Movement'
Fida said that the destination of Kashmir freedom movement is Accession to Pakistan and no one could force Kashmiris to divert their attention from their long living desires.
"Accession to Pakistan and Kashmir Freedom Movement are sides of same coin and two names of one objective," he added.
Fida said that Kashmiris have rendered enarmous sacrifices for their freedom from Indian clutches and now none of Pakistani leadership has the right to shift their stance on Kashmir issue .
"Kashmiris have given unprecedented sacrifices for freedom and even they expressed their deemed desire through a "Resolution for Accession to Pakistan" in July 1947 before Pakistan came into being," he added.
Kashmir - Jugular Vein
Fida said it is the responsibility of Pakistani leadership to follow the sayings of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah when he termed Kashmir as jugular vein of Pakistan and should not divert from the sayings of Quaid-e-Azam . He held that due to this resolution provides a base for Kashmir issue at United Nations.
"The main problem is about plebiscite and even that was a promise made by UN and India when it took the matter at international forum in 1948 but no practical step on that resolution has been taken out yet," Kiyani added.
He slammed Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir saying that it has neglected UN resolutions and instead deployed around a million troops in the held valley to oppress Kashmiris' one-voice for seeking their right of self-determination--in line with the UN categorical commitments.
"Time is not very far off when the New Delhi invaders shall have to quit the forcibly held part of the State", he remarked.
Welcoming the recent assertion of British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, on Kashmir, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a statement issued from Srinagar Central Jail, maintained that it had further strengthened the Kashmir cause. He emphasised that the unique sacrifices of the Kashmiri people had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the international level.
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Send it to all who really cares about our Land,,
Lets tell the whole World that we didn't forget, we are just Planning...
If I breathe. Its Kashmir oxygen
If I speak...its Kashmir language
If I cry...it's on a Kashmir shoulder
If I pray...it's for Kashmir freedom
If I promote...I promote Kashmir
If I fight. I fight with a Kashmir soul
If I make peace...it's because am Kashmir
When people say is "smart". They think Kashmiris are!
Am not perfect. But that's not a big deal
Am Pakistani. That's the real deal....
The price is being paid by the Kashmiris through their miseries, tortures and brutal deaths as the hands of occupying Indian Army. The extent of torture, killings and rapes perpetrated on Kashmiri people by Indian forces are already creating a new record of atrocities. Gouging of eyes, cutting off of men's genitals, use of ever new methods of torture and endless curfews would shame Hitler's SS death squads. The Indian occupation army's deviltry such as gang-rapes, burning of entire villages and crops, destruction of economic life of whole communities and genocide of the Kashmiri people in defiance of international human rights laws, are everyday affairs.
For the last fifty plus years, Kashmiris have been fighting for independence from India. They are being butchered by over 700,000 Indian occupying soldiers stationed there. Still, Kashmiris have not given up to their oppressors. The UN resolutions on Kashmir have yet to be implemented. Since 1988 alone, Kashmir has sacrificed over 70,000 of its sons and daughters, billions worth of its property and peace of mind of its people at the altar of its national emancipation. The brave Kashmiris have decided to implement the resolutions by themselves and have pledged to stop Indian genocide in Kashmir.