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جمعہ، 28 جنوری، 2011

Tragedy of Indian Occupied Kashmir

Indian Army and paramilitaries since more than two decade in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Extrajudicial exections by Indian Forces are common in Kashmir.Indian security forces have committed torture, disappearances, and arbitrary detentions, and they continue to execute Kashmiris in faked encounter killings.

By Assabah Khan

Kashmir is the highest militarized conflict zone in the world. Till 2008 the number of troops in this region was 700,000. During 2008 Amarnath land row 20 companies of CRPF Battalion were deployed in this territory taking which comprised some 80,000 more troops. In 2010 agitation 20, 000 troops were deployed thus making it 800,000.

The whole sense of scenic beauty is taken away by the great tragedy of militarism which is faced by this nation. Somewhere far away in Holland Ms. Marjan Lucas is waiting that her lifetime ban will be lifted by Government of India and she will visit this territory.Mr. Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo is waiting in London with his family that his ban will be lifted and he will meet his near and dear ones after a span of 15 years. His father died but was not granted visa. Shireen Tramboo lost her mother in June 2010 but was not granted visa to attend the funeral procession of her mother.

Ms. Masooda Parveen is waiting for justice in UN bodies as her huband was killed in custody 13 years ago on 2nd February. She applied for passport twice but it was rejected so that she should not be able to plead her case in UN.

Mukhtar Ahmad Beigh’s father is waiting that his son who was enforcedly disappeared on 26th Sep, 2000 will return home.

Mr. Farooq Ahmad Dar (Bitta Karatey) who has served 18 years in jail and who was more than ten times charged with Public Safety Act (PSA ) is waiting that some day he will be granted passport by the Government of India. He wants to give went to his political insights. Belives in peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict and has been acquitted in most of the cases by honourable High Court.

Javed Ahmad Mir is also waiting for his passport so that he can take a breath of fresh air in the skies outside India. He takes pride that he is the senior most pro-freedom leader who floated HAJY group.
( Hammeed Ashfaq, Javed, Yaseen) in 1989 and gave clarion call of freedom to Kashmiris. Hameed and Ashfaq have already tasted martyrdom and he stands there as torchbearer of freedom for Kashmir.

Wajahat Qureshi faces same dilemma. He wants to work zealously and peacefully for the youth of Kashmir. He is invited to many forums outside India but unable to leave because he has no passport. He is also associated with the moment from the very inception.

120 boys lie quietly in their graves who fell prey to the bullets of Indian soldiers in the summer of 2010 and their mothers are looking with haunting eyes at the administration that they will get justice. They were no militants but the civilians of Kashmir mostly in the age
group of 6-22.

Neelofar Jan and Asiya’s family is waiting that justice will be done to them. Majlis-e-Mashawarat is called in for support.

Naushaba Begum and Kulsoom are waiting that Major Ravinder Singh Tewetia will be brought to book.

Zareefa Begum in Kunan Poshpora is waiting that one day her son will grow up and help her in getting justice.

People on Line of Control are waiting that all the landmines will be cleared on Uri-Muzaffarabad road and their children and cattle will no more be maimed.

Kashmiri migrants are waiting that they will return to their homes and they will not witness another Naadimarg.Sikhs are waiting there never ever will be in Kashmir another Chattisinghpora.

In Kashmir the problem is there are no support structures for the victims of above mentioned injustice and almost everyone tries to fight an individual battle for justice. We have to have mechanism where all

these people could fight collectively against their oppressor. Here comes in the importance of institution building. At the moment, most of public institutional space is shrinking due to excessive militarism.

The people need to raise their collective voice against that. All other things will fall within that paradigm. In Human Rights discourse media feels the internal discourse of right of self determination is violated. While as political leaders feel that external discourse of right of self determination has been violated.

No external agency is going to come with magic stick until and unless people of Kashmir do not raise their collective voice against all the atrocities committed to them by the state. In London we raised our voice against Iraq war and result is Tony Blair is no more on the scene. If Kashmiris as a nation want to overthrow the yoke of militarism which has led to the destruction of whole social fabric of Kashmir collective voice is the only solution.

Personal wrongs can be undone but historical wrongs cannot be undone. Kashmiri youth are vigilant and alert and they need to be vigilant to historical wrongs being committed to them. They need to find an alternative path to this vicious circle of violence. They can convey their point by peaceful method and efficient negotiating skills.

Every Kashmiri soul is precious. It is duty of the people who are in the leadership role to own the responsibility that not even a single Kashmiri youth is injured not to talk of being killed, not even a single Kashmiri woman is molested not to talk of rape. There will be no countless bodies of Kashmiri youth flowing through Jehlum and going to another side. Kashmiris will be able to express themselves freely in intellectual debates and discourses.

Kashmiris are able to live a life of dignity and integrity under the sun. My dearest one “ We will meet gain by the villas of Peace till the  ‘soldiers’ return the keys.
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