Has Pakistan ditched the Kashmiris? ….By Rashmi Talwar / www.sify.com

Has Pakistan ditched the Kashmiris ?

Has Pakistan ditched the Kashmiris ?


Has Pakistan ditched the Kashmiris? ..
..By Rashmi Talwar / http://www.sify.com

At the 8th Regional Conference of SAFMA (South Asian Free Media Association) held at Lahore, comprising media persons from eight South Asian SAARC countries, Kashmir issue appeared to have dimmed and become almost a non-issue.
SAFMA-2013 held its concluding session at Lahore, following its inaugural session in Amritsar wherein India’s external affairs minister Salman Khurshid floated the idea of ‘breakfast in one country, lunch in another and dinner in yet another’ pushing forward for peace between the two neighbours.
However, in one of the most important panel discussions on the theme of ‘South Asian vision for an Economic Union’ in the presence of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, noted columnist and Editor-in-Chief of The Friday Times Najam Sethi,, Nusrat Javed, a famous Pakistani journalist and anchor for Aaj TV, besides Dr Ijaz Nabi Country Director, International Growth Centre, Pakistan, Kashmir issue took a back seat. It seemed that Kashmir was being clearly ditched by Pakistan!
For Kashmiris from India it came as big jolt to hear a Pak speaker say -“The totality of Indo-Pak relations cannot be linked to the single issue of Kashmir.” And further, to make their positions clearer, the speaker said–“We would like to see the welfare of Kashmiris by way of engaging in more trade between both Kashmirs, easing of visas for travel to each other’s places. However, at present, Pakistan has more pressing issues i.e. Indo-Pak trade, water and power generation, which we are greatly hopeful that peace between India and Pakistan is bound to bring in.” And all this time, Nawaz Sharif remained mum, clearly endorsing what was being said-and-missed, about Kashmir.
How would Kashmiris, who suffered for more than two decades aided by Pakistan to revolt against India, feel about this, I wondered. All this time, I had met many Indian Kashmiris, who came to Amritsar and looked longingly at Lahore, from the Indian side of the Attari-Wagha Indo-Pak border, during the beating retreat ceremony. Some, who sat glum during the retreat ceremony came close to grieving over being separated from Pakistan, lamenting that Kashmir on the Indian side, should have been a part of Pakistan.
One, who I met in Amritsar a few years ago, called the border an ‘unnatural divide’ and scoffed disgustedly –“if it were possible, India would station an army man in each Kashmiri kitchen”.
Numberless gullible Kashmiris, who ran the marathon to training camps across the border, were promised a glorious goal of Independence. They returned to fight, flush with money, arms and above all dreams of ‘holy war’ that would ensure a royal place in heavenly paradise for them in case they were ‘martyred’.
Many felt it was easy money and brain washed others to run their outfits in Kashmir with support from across the border. The more vitriolic ones became apples of the eyes of their masters as they fitted in their sinister plans.
There were others who fiercely wrote in newspapers about the atrocities on Kashmiris by security forces while ignoring or soft pedalling the atrocities by the militants. There were those who, while conversing with their counterparts in rest of the country, referred to anything Indian as ‘yours’ and anything Kashmiri as ‘ours’ .
All this while, they were filled with feeling of abhorrence for their present state. The army’s strong arm tactics aggravated the situation. Daily dirges and insults at the hands of the security forces had left them cold and concerned over their future and those of their children. Kashmiris found themselves on a cliff-hanger not knowing whether the militant or the army bullet would kill them.
When the initial itch over being freedom fighters faded and turned sore, the fallout of their actions spilled over. For some hardliners, a bleak future awaited so they tried to continue in their chosen destructive path, sure that their end would come painfully from either of the sides i.e. militants or army. It was a proverbial choice ‘from the frying pan into the fire’.
Others on the sidelines gave only lip service to their bravado and went on with their lives, availing all Indian government sponsored benefits and schemes while leaving them to struggle. Still, they hung on to their ally –Pakistan. Drawing strength and succor from the fact that Pakistan was still their well wisher.
Countless K-agendas raised at International forums by Pakistan had little impact although it endeared Pakistan to Kashmiris. However, Pakistan’s recent position on Kashmiris was shared with Rising Kashmir by a senior Pak bureaucrat who said – ‘Kashmiris had played a double game with them’.
He contended that while Pakistani side had lost more lives than Kashmiris, even as they had pumped in money, men and material as also feted and felicitated them, Kashmiris in turn joined the election process held by India, elected their leaders and lifted them on their shoulders. They availed all Indian government and army schemes.
‘They told us they are unable to offer Namaz in Indian side of Kashmir, but we have seen them freely doing so. They tell us their women are not safe, but their women are freely moving about, getting educated and showing no traces of fear’.
The Kargil misadventure in 1999, after nearly 10-years of turmoil in Kashmir, seemed like a shot in the arm for militants in Kashmir, who saw Pakistan as the saviour. Of course, the battle-end saw Pakistan faced with rebuke and reprimand, as also a royal ignore and the ultimate shaming by US – its funding ally that ultimately punctured its stature in global eyes. Alternately, under the leadership and statesmanship of Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Kargil won India kudos for its restraint in the face of a sly enemy.
Pakistan used Kashmir to save the multitude of high profile chairs, raising the bogey of Kashmir, every time a crisis on home ground erupted. Kashmir served as a diversionary tactics, to gloss over faults of omission and neglect in Pakistan.
US too saw it being used by Pakistan who was trying to fulfil its Kashmir agenda on the pretext of Afghanistan’s occupation by USSR. Therefore, in time, USA too pulled itself out of the mire of Pak mechanizations, cut down its funding and ditched Pakistan partially as the Frankenstein monster of terrorism that it had created sought to feed onto its creator –Pakistan.
Having lost its financial conduit and faced with rebellion and insurgency in its troubled corners, as well as from insurgents it had created, Pakistan today is left with a choice to either save its own or that of Kashmir.
Perturbed over this stand of Pakistan to shelve the Kashmir issue, Shujaat Bukhari Editor-in-Chief of English daily, ‘Rising Kashmir’ raised a query to Pakistan panel and especially to Nawaz Sharif –as one of Kashmiri origin, asking – “If Kashmir issue was to be sidelined thus, why were 23-years and lakhs of lives lost for this cause?” To which he got a reply that welfare of Kashmiris could be in softening of the LoC (line of control) and “not in transfer of territory”.
The sidelining of Kashmir was complete when even in his personal address Nawaz Sharif gave a miss to the Kashmir issue and stated “If voted to power as next President of Pakistan I would bring the same relationship of bonhomie between India and Pakistan as I and PM Vajpayee had brought in February of 1999 by starting the Sada-e-Sarhad, Indo –Pak bus service.”
The present scenario in Kashmir is that Kashmiri households that drilled anti- India venom are left with an educated new generation, many of whom have flown the nest, to seek wider horizons to further their aspirations of a good life, while those who remain are left alone to tend to their festering wounds. Those who supported them from the neighbouring country have now their own hands-full, fighting internal battles, dousing the monster of terrorism that they had created.
Nusrat Javed, the panelist when questioned on the sidelines of SAFMA to clarify the Pakistani stand on Kashmir, counter questioned –“I have a child in Baluchistan crying in pain, should I tend to ‘my’ child or a Kashmiri child?” As a host for a popular programme ‘Bolta Pakistan’ of Aaj TV, Nusrat said people in Pakistanis are least interested in Kashmir issue and his programme’s TRPs drop every time a topic related to Kashmir issue is aired.
It is a fact that Kashmir is fast losing out in terms of media interest in India too. Many foreign media organizations have bid goodbye to Kashmir- a hotbed of news, for past two decades. Reuters, BBC radio and TV, German owned Deutsche Welle , AFP have wound up from Kashmir. Others like The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Time, and Guardian are granting fewer slots to news from Kashmir. It has therefore come as no surprise that Pakistan media too turned its face away to news emerging from Kashmir, which is being relegated to inner obscure corners of leading newspapers.
Mehmal Sarfarz a senior member of SAFMA said in clear terms that ‘Pakistan had decided to drop the issue of Kashmir long ago. If in 60 years, four wars could not solve it, what is the point in pursuing a lame dream, is what Pakistan has slowly realized. With internal problems becoming hard to handle who has the time or the money to fund Kashmir or Kashmiris?’
However there was one such who had the guts to say –“Only those who have been failures or those who set up shops on the ‘tears’ of Kashmir or accrued advantage from the Indo-Pak standoff on Kashmir are banking on continued enmity between both countries. The army in Pakistan is the major beneficiary of Indo-Pak rivalry, he said, because it is only because of the enmity between the two countries that it can retain its hold on the politics and administration of the country. The terrorist outfits in Pakistan are the other beneficiaries who would lose their raison d’etre in case both countries come closer to each other. “They are the ones desperate to sabotage the peace process and stoke the fires of hostility”, he said.
I know Indo-Pak peace would soon be a reality. This statement is not merely a conjecture or hope or guess but based on study of wider spectrum of world affairs, in which US seeks to strengthen and embolden the south Asian region against the growing power of China. China, which is fast emerging, as a bigger threat to US any other country in the world.
The border clash, inhuman torture and beheading of an Indian army jawan and retaliatory killing of Pakistan army man, has come as the most recent example of covert mechanizations. The killing of Kashmiri sarpanches, including shooting a lady sarpanch, are such incidents, which may slow down the peace process, but will not be able to derail it.
FIRST PUBLISHED IN ‘RISING KASHMIR’ ON JANUARY 15, 2013
http://www.risingkashmir.in/news/kashmir-issue-relegated-to-the-back-burner-40044.aspx

SECOND PUBLICATION IN http://www.sify.com URL- http://www.sify.com/news/has-pakistan-ditched-the-kashmiris-news-columns-nbvcIXefhcf.html

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23 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Setu Nasar on February 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Thats true. RSS is who planned and executed Kargil and sent terrorists into India. Blame RSS for everything. I am sure RSS was behind the ill treatment meted out to Bengalis by the Pak Army as well. Please read the Humadur Rehman report, the official inquiry report into the Bangladesh war, by the Pakistan govt, headed by a former Pakistan Chief Justice of Pak Supreme Court. The Humadur Rehman report states that Pakistan Army soldiers raped Bangal girls and women. It even documents an incident where a Bangla Muslim girl of 11 yrs of age, who pleaded with three Pakistan Army soldiers not to rape her, and place a Quran on the bed, pleading with the soldiers in the rame of the Quran to leave her alone. But the soldiers threw the holy book aside and put the girl on the bed and raped her. Now would you say that Justice Humadur Rehman was from RSS?

    Pakistan created terrorism as a dream to liberate Kashmir. the terrorists now turned on Pakistan and are killing several 100s by the day. How does it feel now? Hurts when terrorists turn around and kill you Pakistanis? So stop nurturing them. As Hillary Clinton said of Pakistan’s encouragement and abbetting of terror: ‘You cannot feed and grow snakes in the hope that the snake will only attack your neighbour’.

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  2. Posted by Nasar on February 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Peace would have happened but for the RSS. When the moderate Atalji wanted to end the enmity RSS would have none of it.Even if Pakistan dropped Kashmir,RSS will not allow peace as it thrives on this enmity.

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  3. Posted by shiv on February 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Pakistan has no stakes in kashmir so question of abandoning them does not arise. but Indian leadership has abandoned kashmiri pandits for even after 27 years they cannot return home.
    author appears parroting NDTV version of kashmir problem i.e kashmiris have more rights than other Indians as they are Muslims.

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    • Posted by Asif Ali on February 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      I will also go with Jai who has passed a very sensible judgement. We need to remember that it was not the Indians of Pakistanis who killed each others 6 million or over people. Even Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan, the Nuclear father of Pakistan amd hails from Bhopal said “Hindus and Muslims were never at each others throats before the declaration of Pakistan”. I will go with him too.

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  4. Posted by atulsrivastavasonu on February 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    only hafiz saeed is interested in kashmir

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on February 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      That is all tooooooooo obvious with the recent photo of HAFIZ Sayeed sitting in solidarity with YASIN Mallik of the JKLF

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  5. Posted by harry rakhraj on February 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    For once Rashmi Talwar seems to have lost the plot. A very charitable view would be to say the Article is patchy and in places inimical to the national interest. Disappointed!

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on February 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Dear Harry Ji ..wish you could specifically tackle the piece issue by issue ..that would be constructive criticism and I look forward to your views

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  6. Posted by Jau on February 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Is it still a question to be answered? If Pakistan has ditched Pakistani, will it care for Kashmiris? Jago Kasmiri-basi.

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  7. Posted by Sandeep on February 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    But Pakistan will not let it die down? They will keep the pot boiling

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  8. Posted by shiv on February 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Rashmi Talwar
    it is strange way of giving wake up call , anyway muslims all over the world never live in multi cultural society where they are in majority , Ms talwar can you name a single country ??
    kashmiris will always love pakistan more than India even if they are used , abused or disabused.

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  9. Posted by P K Jit on February 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    This is a very sick heading to this article by rashmi talwar, meant to incite the Indian Kashmiri separatists. This is journalism at its lowest level. she should have given a positive view to Pakistan’s decision to not raise the Kashmir issue, instead, she is trying to relay to Pakistan that it should not have done that and doing so is letting down the people of Kashmir. Sify should make a note that we protest such ill-motived articles being written on its website.

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on February 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      @PK Jit — It is a factual story. Also it is meant to be an eye opener for all Kashmiris – moderate or separatists – how they have been used and abused . It is wake up call for them . You can derive your own connotations from it , though dear . It will not change the truth . Rgs Rashmi Talwar

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  10. Posted by Balasubramanian Swaminathan on February 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Rashmi,

    I don’t think so…Pakistan is just pausing…what with in-numerable problems on the homefront Pakistanis, snakes as they are, will from time to time strike back in the form of infiltrating terrorists and now the news is they are reviving the khalistanis. It has to be seen to be believed here in Canada. There is a gurdwara in mississauga, Ontario that is the breeding ground of Khalistanis, budding ones- hardly in their teens – are being brainwashed.

    Please don’t fall into false sense of complacency.

    Regards

    Swamy

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  11. Posted by pahuja manmeet on February 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    rashmi talwar is a naive journalist and like of their clan, are good writers but re the grey matter are a big zero. She should understand one thing very well, Pak has not ditched the Kashmiris proof is the recent visit of the traitors of the Hurriyat who visted and discussed with the ISI. they are all lying low till 2014 when the Western forces run away from Afghanistan after they will first occupy Afghanistan and consolidated their positions they are very likely to attack India. After all they can anytime whip up Muslim fanaticsm anytime by shouting Islam is in danger. It is high time gullible writers who cannot see beyond their noses, stop giving such trash which lulls us into a sense of complacency.

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on February 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      I have stated facts … I have not stamped it with certainty…Maybe what you are saying is true and may very well be a reality check ..In any case who knows the future turn of events …Rashmi Talwar

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  12. Posted by Anuj Joshi on February 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    The Kashmiris have ditched themselves.

    They had many great cottage industries which fed them and families. They also had a law enacted by Nehru and others’ which disallowed settlement by other India brethren in their lands under an infamous article in the constitution.

    Now, some key Muslim kashmiri leaders, found another cottage industry which will feed them and many like them till retirement – hate the nation and love the religion and therefore – people who found a nation on the basis of
    religion in the neighbourhood and slaughtered Kashmiris in the name of freedom since 1947, even divided them nad names it POK/Azad Kashmir.

    The fact is COMPLETELY lostto my Kashmiri brethren, who also found it convenient to use religion to do essentially an age old extortion – Land Grab – by using this cottage industry and threaten and coerce non Muslim valley Kashmiris to be chased out. This gave them even more land and so on.

    The fact is that the majority may have love for coreligionists , believing in a theorcratic nation and 2 nation theory without realising what balochis suffer (or for that matter any non Pak Punjab state suffer) or Bangladesh went thru till 1971…..but really also now seem to be realising how moonsters created at home devour the masters’. So, whether it is Kashniri leaders’ married into Pak households and tied by filial strings as well to the neighbour, the majority of Kashmiris want to BELIEVE there is hope for their own families right here in Kashmire and shall hopefully step away from the misinformation of the neighbour and heal their relations with the rest of India, and soon. Otherwise, the only Kashmir rest of India will see is not the brilliant minds from there, but the poor door to door salesman with no option left, but pleading for carpet sales rest of Indian cities. Instead of a Kashmir of vibrancy and premium, it will become a thakaa hua beggar across all nations. Choice is for Kashmiris my brethren and the enlightened people where once our most intellectual people came from including many rishis, pirs etc.

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  13. Posted by Jai on February 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    When states in India fight for water and power how will Kashmir help Pakistan? Before India and Pakistan solve cross border problems they must solve inter state problems within their countries and have a smile on every ctizens face.

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  14. Posted by dinesh uniyal on February 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    good analysis .Hope our Kasmiries can draw the same conclusion too.those who want to be in pakistan can vary well move there and let the people from pakistani kasmir -come to india to enjoy true freedom and true secularism.

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  15. Posted by Bilal • 24 days ago − on February 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Well said so profoundly, openly and with a courage a true medai-wala is expetceted of.
    Pakistan has never been intersted in Kashmiris any way.
    An Indian Kashmiri

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  16. Posted by Anuja Nanda Malik on February 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    gr8 job rashmi….

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  17. Posted by Asif Ali on February 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    When late President of Pakistan General Muhammad Ayoub Khan complained to the then US President John F. Kennedy, JFK said “Well, in my opinion Pakistan is not interested in the liberation of Kashmir and just is interested in the issue of Kashmir”…..Well, this is true kion ki Pakistan aur India ki armies ki “Dal-Roti” isi ‘issue’ par chalti hai….and if both the nations agree to sign a ‘Non-Aggression Pact’, the worst hurt people would be the Military Industrial Complex of white nations.
    Please note that the Indian RAW & Pakistan’s ISI are the ‘Sub-Contractors’ of American CIA…I hope you understand what I am sayin’.

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on February 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Asif ji … It is not one controlling body that decides everything in Pakistan .. while one side may feel quietly burying a beheaded body was a way out ..but another may feel and has felt, that beheading and then brandishing it was to its benefit … different voices .. different sounds … I agree with u on the above mentioned opinion on Kashmir ..Rgds Rashmi Talwar

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