The newly-formed United Nations intervened in the conflict in 1948, organizing a cease-fire and calling for a referendum of Kashmir’s people in order to determine whether the majority wished to join with Pakistan or India.
It was one of those chilly evenings of winter of 1984 and I, as usual, was trying to gather news reports for next day’s issue of AINA which I was associated with, then.
“I was a good speaker. Used to do lots of strikes. Like most of Kashmiri citizens, we also had a great interest in Plebiscite Front. From the start, we had a clear aim before us. One benefit of our strikes in college was that the government took over the control of the college”.
He is also referred to as saying ‘If Indian authorities of occupation think that by hanging me they can crush the Kashmir struggle they are mistaken. The struggle actually will start after my hanging.”
Disregarding the contribution of local shawl weavers, artisans and labourers and exaggerating Mr Thorpe who wasn’t in principle against occupation per se is a case of distorting history.
Meanwhile, normal life remained badly affected in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as unprecedented and inhuman lockdown continued on 94th consecutive day, today.
That the pre-requisite for reconciliation, good neighbourliness and durable peace between them is a commitment by both the countries to peaceful co-existence, respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit;
Although after the inception of armed insurgency and counterinsurgency in Kashmir in 1989 my parents were confronted with an uncertain future, in which the political fate of Kashmir was unknowable, they sustained their ideals through those difficult times.
After so many sacrifices We JK peoples are still not even part of our own issue locally or internationally. We don’t have our political system or else. We just have Pakistani gun in our hand to keep up this proxy war.