Kashmir Issue: Our Opinion Matters

shabir-shahBefore his appointment as the country’s prime minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee had held discussion with me for more than two hours. I had told him that gaps were widening due to the prevailing situation also. You can see that millions and billions of rupees are spent on defence. Mr Modi has the key to the ongoing deadlock as he enjoys people’s vote. I think that he is not completely unaware of the situation. We are not saying anything wrong.

By Shabir Shah
In this world any one can build anything, but no one is capable enough to make a human being, yet all possible equipment have been produced to kill the same human being. Life is too short. One does not know when he will be called back to the eternal abode, because life is not like a printed calendar to which you can add 10 to 20 more years. If some people do something remarkable before their demise, they are remembered forever, they are alive till eternity. Society also remembers those who play a negative role, albeit for a different reason. Our religious belief tells us about the existence of paradise and hell, and it also tells us that we will be rewarded according to our deeds.

This reminds me of a verse by SahirLudhiyanvi:
Repression is still repression; rising, it must stop
Blood is still blood; spilling, it must clot
(Zulm fir zulm hai, badhata hai toh mit jaata hai
Khoon fir khoon hai, tapkaygaa toh jamm jayega)

I am at loss how to describe the pain of those young children whose lives have become colourless as they have lost their eyes. A girl named Insha was also injured in these incidents. Mr Shah has adopted her. She was admitted in AIIMS for two-and-half months, but the doctors at the hospital said that one of her eyes could have been saved if she was taken there a little earlier. As her head was fractured, teeth were broken and face was riddled with 300 to 400 pallets, doctors said that the process to remove those pallets may cause infection. Her condition is complex.
Like her, there are several other children whose life has become colourless. Now, even if they are showered will all types of material benefits it will be meaningless for them. After these incidents, Mehbooba Mufti has lost all the justifications to remain in power. This incident has not caused the desired level of outcry. In every house there is mourning, and children cannot see the colours of life. We have knocked at all possible doors and tried to convey the message that talks should be held on this issue. We cannot ignore Islamabad on the issue of Kashmir. I have spent half of my life in jails; I am 64 years old now.
Now, I would like to discuss couple of incidents. Here we have highways, but at the same time we had uprisings too. Our 100 youths have been killed by pallet guns. An army truck was on the move in this region, it fell into a valley while heading towards its destination. A huge number of people had gathered there, they could have done anything, but they rescued the army men by risking their own lives. In another incident, people returning from the Amarnath pilgrimage were stranded at a spot. Local people had breached curfew to rescue them from that place. When this place was hit by a deluge we had set up camps, came forward to receive them [pilgrims], accommodated them in our houses and told them that they can stay in our houses till the time they wanted.
Perhaps, you all know that the local people of this area are called Makin (residents). They beat up the residents and damaged their houses. Even bathrooms and wash basins were demolished. If you want to arrest a boy, you are free to do that; but, which law allows you to demolish his house. I want to visit Delhi at some point of time. I have visited many places in India; have also attended Mother Teresa’s funeral ceremony. We have already said that we will accept your arguments if you talk logically, and you should agree to our views if they are based on rationality. I feel that “might is never right”. We were taught during our childhood days that “might is right”, but I believe that “might is never right”. You are present in our land with 7.5 lakh armed troops, you are ruling over us, but until when? Indian people have a respectful place in our hearts because they are human beings, and we are also human. There are around 170 million (17 crore) Muslims in India. Sometimes, we think that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had taken a perfect stand. Yet, we shown flexibility in our political fight. kashmir-uprging
Before his appointment as the country’s prime minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee had held discussion with me for more than two hours. I had told him that gaps were widening due to the prevailing situation also. You can see that millions and billions of rupees are spent on defence. Mr Modi has the key to the ongoing deadlock as he enjoys people’s vote. I think that he is not completely unaware of the situation. We are not saying anything wrong. Our position is quite clear. You had given approval to an agreement in 1994; the Supreme Court had also announced its verdict. You got several verdicts issued, but the issue remains unresolved. It is indeed a problem, and the subcontinent will continue to face uncertainty until you do not address it. International community should consider the fact that both countries are atomic powers and they have taken position against each other. You must sit together for talks. In Pakistan there is a civilian government; and here Modi has got majority in parliament so he can take whatever decision is needed for India.
Gandhiji had played a specific role, he has achieved everlasting fame. Nehru also played a role, and several prime ministers came after him. In fact, our problem remains unresolved due to him only. There is a place called Nilam Square from where, atop a table, Mr Nehru had promise to us saying – you opinion will be taken into account. It happened within the parliament as well as outside it. If it was indeed an unflinching promise then you have an opportunity, it is a golden opportunity for you.
The writer is the chairman of Democratic Freedom Party. The government has put him behind bars several times in past 29 years and continuously for past 40 months. That is why he is known as Kashmir’s Nelson Mandela.

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