“Kashmir banay ga Pakistan” is the slogan that provokes every Pakistani on February 5th and remind us of the brutality and atrocities of the Indian army. We may remain deprived of news and updates on the internal situation of Kashmir and the atrocities inflicted on Kashmiris by the Indian army and its government, as our media has “more serious” issues to cover but media will surely give some coverage to the rallies and protests held in Pakistan with participants showing solidarity with the Kashmiris? The criminal negligence of media and our government’s painful silence on Kashmir issue is making us forget how much Kashmir belongs to Pakistan and how truly our Kashmiri brothers and sisters deserve peace, which they have never had in decades.
The 18th SAARC summit was held in Nepal that focused on enhancing connectivity between the member states for easier transit transport across the region, disregarding the Kashmir issue. May I ask, why our government has made this issue least important? Why our media pays no regard to Kashmir conflict? Moreover, UN should intervene and force India to stop shedding innocent Kashmiri blood. However, most of the international community except China refuses to interfere in the conflict, maintaining that it is a matter between India and Pakistan and can be best resolved bilaterally.
Pakistan believes that there can be no lasting peace with India unless the core issue of Kashmir is settled. Despite international pressure on Pakistan to deploy more forces on its western border to fight the Taliban, the Pakistani army is still eyeball to eyeball with the Indians on its eastern border. However, India has to understand that Kashmir was declared disputed territory in 1948 by the United Nations as Kashmiris did not accept India’s illegal occupation. Everyone knows that Kashmir is a Muslim majority area and the Kashmiris wanted to join Pakistan during partition of 1947 but India illegally occupied Kashmir and Kashmiris started to raise their voice against the Indian occupation.
This year, Kashmir day should be celebrated with full assurance and unity for our Kashmiri brothers and sisters, since the people of Kashmir have rejected the illegal Indian occupation from day one and have been conducting their liberation struggle ever since. It is time to show them that we stand by their side. We celebrate so many different days so why not celebrate this day. Not only for the sake of celebrating one day but to show the world that we are with our Muslim brothers.