“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”.
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.
He believed people of Azad Kashmir and people of Gilgit Baltistan were deliberately kept apart by the policy makers of Pakistan. This segregation and policy of divide and rule resulted in misunderstandings and lacked sense of belonging.
The people of that area were oppressed and subjected to worst treatment. Feudalism, landlordism, moneylenders, everything was there. And there was repression from the British government and Maharaja as well. We were in school those days, and this ill treatment did not let us to be mute spectators. We started resistance against this oppression when our age was just around 15 years.
Frankly, I don’t think both countries will. Even Pakistan, which keeps talking about freedom for J&K, is basically hostile to the idea. After all, Islamabad is only a few miles from the border of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and if J&K becomes independent, Pakistan would find the international border too close to its capital.