Reported By:Mushtaq Ahmed Khan (Islamabad )Pakistan.
This article is review of the column written by Miss NylaAli khan in “Daily Times” (India) on 14th March 2018. She mentioned that Kashmiris were not born to carry out agenda of militaries of India and Pakistan .I think she is sadly mistaken because she is either ignorant of history of Kashmir freedom struggle or intentionally eroding the facts for Indian agenda. I hereby correct her point of view.
According to 3 June 1947 Partition Plan, two independent states, India & Pakistan were created in sub-continent. At that time there were 562 princely states in sub-continent who were to get independence on 15 August 1947 to decide their future, whether to join with India or Pakistan or to remain Independent. Jammu and Kashmir was also one of the princely states. on 15 august 1947, Kashmir was free to decide it’s future as role of Maharaja of Kashmir was finished because agreement between Maharaja and British Government had ended. As per Democratic system, the people of Jammu and Kashmir were supposed to be asked whether they wanted to join India or Pakistan or to remain independent. Maharaja didn’t allow people of Kashmir through any system, eg referendum or polling.Whereas at same time in NWFP (97% Muslimsdominated), a referendum was held people voted for Pakistan.
It’s Indian stance that Maharaja had signed accession agreement with India whereas the fact is contrary to it. Maharaja had only asked India to help him in restoring his writ over state because freedom fighters were near to get whole of the Kashmirfree. It’s evident that India had illegally invaded Kashmir which is still persisting, ignoring, all international obligations. It was India who went to UN on Kashmir issue and when UN passed resolution to give right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir, India delayed it on the one pretext or other to strengthen its control over kashmir .
Then Indian prime minster Jawaharlal Nehru had promised many times in front of Kashmiris and world community to give right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir to decide their fate but later India has ignored that promise . It’s India who created hurdles on implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir for self determination. Revision of dispositioned facts written by Miss Nyla khan is also required, where she states that Kashmir is facing political instability and it’s democratic measures to obtain freedom are eroding because government of India is not recognizing it’s legal and constitutional right, that seems irrespective of real facts, because this disruption and turmoil among Kashmiris is actually direct response of the hurtful and dishonest behavior depicted by Indian state.
The promise made by Nehru of its right of self –determinationhas not been fulfilled, murdering of its leaders like Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru, Burhan Vani and denial of its rightful demands has evoked violence and absolute anger among its people which has nothing to do with politico-economic unrest. Further she has also mentioned about Narinder Modi supporting movement of self-determination in Baluchistanoverlooking the necessity of protection of lives and rule of law in Kashmir, is very irrelevant because there is no movement of self-determination going on in Baluchistan. It’s only Indian propaganda. Modi is only interested in and exporting terrorism in Pakistan and has started cold war and mentioning this falsified and baseless propaganda with Kashmiris cause of self-determination has directly damaged the rightful movement case. One cannot put false propaganda in comparison to what actually exists and is Fact on ground. Moreover there is an unjust comparison between what has been going on both sides of Line of Control.
Indian military is second largest weapons importer of the world, so it’s probably getting lions share out of its country’s budget, Kashmiri people are not going to get what they are demanding for by denial and use of brutal military force against people of Kashmir . Pakistan has talked and always supported Kashmiris right of self-determination, but India has never moved an inch on this. Miss Nyla Ali khan further mentioned that India is not recognizing the constitutional rights of the people of Kashmir. India needs not to consider the rights of Kashmiris as they are not subjugated by Indian constitution and they were never part of India. This is absolutely correct that Kashmiris need to avoid being used as pawns in the great sub-continental game of chess and need to reject all the 3 or 4 points agendas and other intentional conspiracies that are actually fading the real demand of people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The only viable beginning for resolving Kashmir conflict is, let Kashmiris decide what they want. Do the plebiscite, whether they want to join India or Pakistan. Kashmiri people are giving their lives for this cause in front of biggest military deployment and strong state propaganda and are still standing on their feet even after seventy years, which shows that they have enough faith in their dreams, firm commitment and willful determination of their freedom. They are not demanding sympathies from anyone but world needs to show it because this small state is at the peak of its bravery and valor , standing upright in front of the oppressor proving themselves to be the biggest supporter of freedom and autonomy .
The writer is the author of three books including “Sulagt Jannat”, Islami Dastoor I Hayat and Islami Phalsipha I Hayat. His many articles have been published previously in national newspapers and magazines on Kashmir Issue.