(Editorial) Kashmiris make full use of every opportunity they get to express their hatred against India and passion and love for Pakistan. This extreme end of two opposite emotions is being witnessed every year in the month of August when Pakistan and India celebrate their respective Independence Days.

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observe the Indian Independence Day, on 15th August, as Black Day to convey to the international community that India had usurped their inalienable right to self-determination. The observance of the Black Day is also meant to make it clear to New Delhi that it had no moral right to celebrate its Independence Day in Kashmir unless it ends its forcible military occupation over Jammu and Kashmir.

The day is marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir on the call of Hurriyet leaders and organisations. People stage forceful pro-freedom demonstrations in the occupied territory to remind New Delhi of the promises made by its leaders of giving them an opportunity to decide their fate by themselves.

It is ironical that India leaves no stone unturned to celebrate its Independence Day in a befitting manner in the territory, setting entire official machinery into motion to make the celebrations a success under the shadow of gun. On the day, it snatches all kinds of freedoms i.e. the freedom of expression, the freedom of speech, the freedom of movement and the freedom of assembly, from the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The deplorable aspect of the matter is that for the past over six decades it had killed hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris for demanding the same thing that it had achieved for itself after huge sacrifices of its people against British rule.

The Indian Independence Day brings enormous miseries and problems for the Kashmiri people every year as on this occasion, the entire occupied territory is turned into a garrison where Indian troops patrol the deserted streets. The inhabitants are confined to their houses, subjected to the worst kind of humiliation by frisking and search operations while their movement is curtailed. They are even disallowed to perform their religious obligations like offering prayers in mosques. Interestingly, all these measures are undertaken by a country, which boasts to be the largest democracy of the world.

On the other hand, people of occupied Kashmir distribute sweets on Pakistan’s Independence Day on 14th August and offer special prayers for its prosperity, progress, security and stability. The youth hoist Pakistani flags on vantage points even in the presence of Indian troops and some times, they have to face their wrath. They do all this to demonstrate their affiliation, love, affection and passion for Pakistan and their desire to be part of this country.

It is a reality that India had illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people who wanted accession of the then princely State with Pakistan at the time of partition of Indian subcontinent. Since then Pakistan has been extending its all-out political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris’ struggle for getting rid of this forcible and illegal occupation. It has to face even Indian aggression for supporting the Kashmir cause.

The recent massive violations of ceasefire on the Line of Control by Indian forces is a proof of the fact that New Delhi does not want to settle the Kashmir dispute and is hell bent to project it as its border issue with Pakistan. The international community should take the situation seriously and initiate practical steps to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people to curb the looming danger of a nuclear war between Pakistan and India.
(KMS) Dec, 2013

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