Happy Kashmir Day

I congratulate all my country fellows out there for keeping this cause of 'freedom for Indian held' Kashmir alive since last 60 years.  

That's an incredibly long time. A lot has changed since then. We couldn't keep East Pakistan, but thank God we don't celebrate a Bangladesh Day to claim our right back on it. We are also not sure, which parts of the remaining Pakistan we would be able to keep, and which ones we wouldn't. And how many more days we'll be celebrating in future for the lost causes? For instance, a Sui Gas Day some time in near future, to claim back our right on Balochistan? Or a Karachi Day for the freedom of an 'MQM-terrorised Karachi’? Kalabagh dam or Mangla dam days, to claim back our freedom to produce and use electricity? There is one thing we could be quite sure of though; we have a thing for the lost causes.

And here comes the million dollar question: among the current fiasco we are having in this country, is Kashmir really a cause worth fighting for?

In the lessons of distorted history we study at schools, we're only told half the truth. After partition, Hari Singh, the ‘procrastinating’ Maharaja of Kashmir, knew that time was running out and his Muslim peasants were revolting against him. We are told that Maharaja, ‘in order to keep his rule, conspired with Indian government.’ Help was sought and Indian troops were deployed in Kashmir to control the insurgency.

But we're never told the other side of the story. On October 23, well before the Indian troops were deployed, British trucks and jeeps of the Pakistan army, loaded with some 5,000 armed Pathan Afridi, Waziri and Mehsud tribesmen, crossed the Kashmir border. And they headed east along the Muzaffarabad-Burmula road that led to Srinagar itself. That 'Invasion' of Kashmir from Pakistan will long be called by Pakistan a 'purely volunteer action' undertaken 'spontaneously' by 'furious tribesmen' rushing to the aid of their oppressed 'Muslim brothers.' But the truck, petrol and drivers were hardly standard tribal equipment. And the British and Pakistani officers, all along the Northern Pakistan route these 'tribals’ used, knew and supported that violent October operation. The operation in which Pakistan seems to have hoped to trigger the integration of its so called 'paradise on  earth,' Kashmir into the nation.

Long live our Pakistan 'Twisted' Studies books, and a very happy Kashmir day, indeed. 

Bushra
19:20 hours
Thursday 6 February 2014

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