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The Kashmir dispute

I am 95 years old. I witnessed the freedom movement against the British Empire. I had the opportunity to attend a few rallies by our beloved Quaid, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. I remember that once the Quaid e Azam visited Kashmir, which he considered to be the jugular vein of the to-be-created Pakistan. On his way back, the Quaid was to come to Rawalpindi. I was among the thousands of people who flocked to Brakahu to see their leader. People were overpowered by their emotions and nobody including the Quaid at that time had any doubt that the state of Kashmir would become a part of Pakistan, until India in connivance with the ruler of Kashmir backstabbed the people of the valley as well as Pakistan.
The issue went to the United Nations, where it was decided that the dispute would be settled in line with the wishes of the people of Kashmir. Seventy-two years, three wars, and countless deaths of innocent people later, the dispute seems even farther from any settlement. To make matters even worse, the re-elected PM of India, following his party’s extremist manifesto scrapped article 370 of Indian constitution that gave Kashmir special status. He plans to divide the valley into three union territories Jammu, Ladakh, and Kashmir. If past behavior is any indication of the future, I am afraid for like in Gujrat when Modi was the CM, the Muslim majority of the Kashmir Valley is at risk of terrible atrocities at hands of Modi led fanatic India.
Unfortunately, the international community seems restricted by its economic interests and is not doing anything to stop the imminent danger to eight million people of Kashmir valley. Our government is doing its best to highlight the issue and provide support to our Kashmiri brethren, but the international community seems oblivious to the plight of the Kashmiris. My heart bleeds to see that this is happening in the 21st century. I never imagined that this dispute would drag so long and would take a turn for the worst. I want to be a part of the rally/protest by the parliamentarians and the citizens to show solidarity with Kashmir, but my age and health frustrates my wishes. It is my wish that I see Kashmir liberated from the evil clutches of India soon.
Raja Shafaatullah
Islamabad



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