Freedom is an essential right of every human being. Ever since the independence of Indo-Pak subcontinent, Kashmiris are struggling to attain this right. The Kashmir dispute is the oldest unresolved international conflict in the world till date.
Kashmir day is celebrated in Pakistan on 5th February every year that aspires to basically show the Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir as well as their ongoing freedom struggle, and to pay respect to Kashmiri martyrs who have lost their lives fighting for Kashmir’s freedom.
Kashmir’s freedom movement
People of Kashmir started their freedom movement back in 1949 and this fight is still ongoing. To suppress this movement, India is using different tactics. Kashmiri people rose themselves into revolt in 1988 and started this struggle to liberate their motherland to make it an independent and sovereign state. For the last two decades, Kashmiris are facing human rights violations by the Indian forces.
The brutality of India on Kashmir
The face of world’s so- called largest liberal democratic state India is disclosed in the valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri Muslims are facing life threatening atrocities by Indian Army. India has deployed around seven lac Army troops against unarmed Muslim freedom fighters in the Indian occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan’s stance over Kashmir
Pakistan considers Kashmir as its core political dispute with India and so does the international communities. The founding father of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said once that “Kashmir is jugular vein of Pakistan”.
The recent series of protests have demonstrated the ground reality that an irresistible majority of people in occupied Kashmir want accession to Pakistan. Pakistan has always maintained that the only peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute is through a fair and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices.
The recent development
A new era of brutality has started in Kashmir recently. After the martyrdom of Kashmiri young leader Burhan Wani, protests against Indian occupation has increased rapidly. In response to these protests, Indian Army started shelling on unarmed Kashmiris, who are demanding Indian forces to leave Kashmir.
UN over the Kashmir issue
As per United Nations Security Council resolutions, Kashmir is a disputed territory and the right to self-determination, through a fair and impartial voting under UN patronage was promised to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It has almost been seven decades now that UN assured a fair and neutral plebiscite to resolve the Kashmir dispute but India is becoming a hindrance.
It is also a serious threat to the world peace with particular importance on the fact that both India and Pakistan are nuclear power states. As long as Kashmir issue is not resolved, true peace in this region is not possible. Both the countries will remain in apprehension due to this issue and no peace dialogue will be successful until and unless Kashmiris become an integral part of the dialogue.