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Adeel Mukhtar Mirza
Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is Pakistan, evident from Kashmiris’ resolve from all over the world to observe the Day of Annexation to Pakistan (Youm-e-Ilhaq-e-Pakistan) on July 19 every year since 1948. According to Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, “on this day, the people of Jammu and Kashmir made a conscious decision to join Pakistan almost a month before Pakistan was made. This historic resolution was endorsed by 59 representatives from all over Jammu and Kashmir at the residence of Sardar Ibrahim Khan (Ghazi-e-Millat) in Srinagar.” This choice was made remembering the geographic and philosophical linkages shared by the individuals of J&K and Pakistan. Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah – the founding father of Pakistan – had regarded J&K the jugular vein of Pakistan as the entirety of our waters course through Jammu and Kashmir, and because of its geostrategic significance.
Pakistanis also celebrate Youm-e-Ilhaq-e-Pakistan in order to show solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren against Indian human rights violation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJK). On this day, extraordinary petitions will be orchestrated for the freedom of Kashmiris. Political and other associations will hold various occasions to show solidarity with the Kashmiris. The individuals of Kashmir watched Youm-e-Ilhaq-e-Pakistan on July 19, 1948 and they day has been watched each year from that point forward.
As per former Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, J&K is “the core dispute between Pakistan and India, and its resolution was imperative to bring peace to South Asia.” Time and again, India has been asked to uphold the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions, demanding a plebiscite in order to give Kashmiris a right of self-determination – a position that Pakistan strongly supports. The advisor said that “Pakistan pays rich tribute to Kashmiris for their unmatched sacrifices and unparalleled resilience”. Pakistan only aspires to put an end to the sufferings of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian occupation forces in the Valley. Mr. Donald Trump, “while talking to the media alongside PM Imran Khan at the White House, had said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently asked him whether he would like to be a mediator or arbitrator on Kashmir — something New Delhi immediately denied.” He further reiterated that, “But if they wanted somebody to intervene, to help them […] and I spoke with Pakistan about that and I spoke frankly in India about it […] that battle has been going on for a long time. If I can, if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene.” India arrogantly rejected Mr. Trump’s offer under the pretext that “any discussion of the disputed Himalayan region would be between India and Pakistan only.”
Indian continuous atrocities in the Valley has made J&K a tipping point. Since the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, a series of clashes have been occurring, leading to martyrdom of Riaz Naikoo and many more. According to Mr. Wani’s father, “Indian Army has thrashed everybody here … In any case, everybody does not turn into an activist or freedom fighter. It relies upon the amount one can take. Somebody’s ‘Ghairat’ (self-respect) gets tested consistently, so he chooses to reply. Others choose to remain calm. My child could not stand to see the abominations and the mortification, so he picked this path. Burhan’s fight is not only for himself but for the whole Kashmir and for the sufferings of people of Indian occupied Kashmir.”
The situation in J&K worsened after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of Indian Constitution by India, which changes the legal status of the Valley. According to Mr. Farooq Abdullah, “the modification, abrogation of articles 35A and 370, unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the state…an aggression against the people of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.” To suppress Kashmiris right of self-determination, India has augmented its paramilitary forces in the Valley soon after the revocation of Article 370.
Now the question is: what should be done? The late Dr Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema suggested that to secure the desired dividends for the resolution of Kashmir dispute, a little more concentration is required in order to push the world community’s attention. The exercise entails three stages: awareness, active expression of views, and undertaking concrete efforts aimed to resolve the dispute… The peace of South Asia is directly linked with the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and it cannot be resolved unless the Indian attitude registers positive change. Last but not the least, for the peace and prosperity of South Asia, moreover, the region needs full international support to the resumption of India-Pakistan dialogues both at the governmental as well as non-governmental levels.