Violence followed, after a mob, allegedly members of Hindu community attacked Muslims during congregational Eid prayer in the hilly Kishtwar district of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
The police officials believes that two people have died and 23 others have been injured up till now, in what is being termed as a provocation by Hindu attackers who pelted stones on those gathered for Eid prayers at Chogan ground. They further torched a large number of cars and shops in the surrounding vicinity.
Reportedly, the Muslims later retaliated and pelted the attackers with stones. While the local cleric urged calm, the infuriated crowd as a response to hullaballoo created by Hindu attackers, set fire to Hindu properties.
In other events, Syed Ali Geelani called for a protest on Eid day, in reaction of a harassment of Muslim population by the Indian army-backed members of so called vilalge defence committie. The protest erupted in different parts of Kashmir soon after the eid prayers, compounded with the Kishtawar event, which resulted in stone pelting by Kashmiris on occupied Indian Armed forces. Muslims were thronging Chogan Eidgah ground Srinagar also unfurled Pakistan’s flag and a flag of an indigenous militant outfit “Lashkar-e-Taiba” striving for Kashmir’s freedom from Indian occupation.
Kashmir dispute is considered as the oldest unresolved international conflict today, which predates six decades. The Indian forcible advancements in the Kashmir’s territory which was to be annexed with Pakistan, has strained Pakistan – India relations since the last 66 years. The Kashmiri people right of self determination is out rightly denied by New Delhi, and instead the state is resorting to repress the local populace through the Indian army.
But now, the Kashmiris are resisting.
The rekindled fervor, as a result of India worst human rights abuses has emboldened the society to openly defy the security forces. Instances have been observed in which the protestors openly displayed Pakistan’s flag. Interestingly, the banners of Lashkar e Taiba – a Kashmiri militant outfit striving for an end to Delhi’s tyranny, are also turning up in gatherings.
The commentators on Kashmir issues have attributed 2010 as the year, in which the masses defiance against the Indian rule was evident. That year, around 500,000 people turned up outside UN office – with some holding Pakistan flags – chanting separatist slogans such as,
“Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan”
Long Live Pakistan
“Bharat Teri Maut Ayi”
“Lashkar Ayi” “Lashkar Ayi”
Bharat your death has come
Lashkar is coming Lashkar is coming
Even the edifice in Lal Chowk, Srinagar, was draped with Pakistan’s flag.
Occasionally, Pakistani flag kept turning up in rallies, but again this issue got media coverage when a Pakistani flag was discovered pinned to Sri Parbat Fort (Kashmir fort) in April 2013. The walls also carried anti-India graffiti and slogans painted across the fort outer parameters.
The dissonance between Kashmiri public and the Indian administrators is becoming increasingly evident. If no efforts are made to bridge this gap, the situation will rapidly deteriorate for India, and will eventually culminate in Kashmir’s freedom. Furthermore, the recent bombing of Indian embassy in Jalalabad and the tirades from New Delhi that with utter disregard to investigative protocols, displays that India needs to rethink about pointing its claws in Pakistani direction for its own failures.