Kashmir And Kashmiri a Reality

By Kalbe Ali

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we  came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”  Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969, soon after becoming the prime minister of Israel.  Golda Meir also known as the ‘Iron Lady’ of Israeli politics, was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as  Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. She was Israel’s first and  the world’s third woman to hold the office of prime minister.

Another prime minister of Israel Menachem Begin who like Golda Meir  belonged to the generation who had played a key role in creating  Israel said “[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.”

These insulting remarks were made by the Israeli Prime Minister  Menachem Begin, in a speech to the Knesset, (Israeli parliament) in  June 25, 1982. With all this mindset and the government of Israel sat down to  negotiate with the Palestinians in 1990- and that too after the first  Gulf War when the US had became sole super power of the world.  The Palestinian issue along with the Kashmir dispute are two of the  most serious challenge faced by the Muslim world, and if we talk of  Israel first.

The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser  Arafat has been considered a long time enemy and always branded as a  terrorist by Israel he was acknowledged as a leader, in 1993. Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli PM, signed an Accord for  moving ahead for establishing a separate state for the Palestinians in September 13, 1993 at a Washington ceremony hosted by US President  Bill Clinton.

The conditions from 1969 to 1993 forced Israel to change its stance by  180 degree, similarly now India despite all effort has failed to contain the Kashmir issue as a lost case. It has to be acknowledged that the fate of nations is not necessarily decided within a period of decades and the struggle for resolution of issues including attaining the rights can even linger for generations.

February 5 the day of solidarity with Kashmiris being observed on Sunday, if not much will achieve done thing.

Almost every newspaper reading person will know that there is  something in Kashmir – this too is a success against the Indian  efforts over decades telling the world and its own people that Kashmir is part of India.

The Kashmir dispute also a reminder for more than one billion  residents of South Asia that right causes cannot be put away in files  to ort under the dust. The main issue impeding the real growth and prosperity in South Asia  is the Kashmir dispute which relates with three parties – Pakistan,  India and the Kashmiris themselves.

As long as this issue is not resolved there cannot be cordial  relations between among all the counties of the South Asia mainly due  to political tension arising out of mistrust.  Just another look at history to signify the importance of February 5, one can understand that there is nothing like smooth sailing for India too.

The world has seen that Britain had to acknowledge the rights of  Ireland and Scotland in late middle ages and among the most  influential states – Israel had to yield in wake of strong resistance at the hands of people who were barely surviving under the suppressive policies.

The importance of February 5 is – On 1 January 1948, India formally referred the case of Pakistani aggression in Kashmir to the United Nations Security Council under Article 35 of the UN Charter.

On 5 February 1948, the UN resolution interalia called for an  immediate ceasefire and a plebiscite to decide the future of the state.

On 13 August 1948, the UN adopted another resolution interalia calling  for (1) a ceasefire, (2) Pakistan to withdraw the tribals and to put its troops under the command of local civilian authorities, (3) India  to withdraw bulk of its troops, (4) the UN observers to supervise the  ceasefire and (5) the holding of the plebiscite.

The resolution was followed up on 11 December 1948 with the appointment of a plebiscite administrator, and on 5 January, 1949, the two earlier resolutions were amalgamated into a single resolution that reiterated the earlier proposals.

The day February 5 calls upon the world body and the regional powers  that millions of Kashmiris were still waiting for UN plebiscite administrators to complete their job.

The vast majority of those who are observing Solidarity Day with Kashmir this year were born in post independence era and majority of Kashmiris did not even witness the atrocities faced by the masses at the hands of Dogra forces prior to independence, but still the message continues.

The Kashmir issue is alive even after 64 years and the history of other nations who have faced oppression at the hand of larger and stronger government than India – is a food for thought that Kashmir issue cannot left unattended for long.

Kalbe Ali is an analyst and regular writer in The Dawn

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  • MAB  On February 5, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Pakistan’s Foreign Policy is stuck up in two dead end streets: Kashmir and Afghanistan.

    Both Kashmirs and Taliban are two bi liabilities, or millstones around our necks.

    THEY WERE NEVER PART OF THE MUSLIM MAINSTREAM IN INDIA.

    IT IS TIME TO THINK HOW TO GET OUT OF THIS HISTORIC THE STRATEGIC TRAP.

    A BAJWA

    • NAVEED TAJAMMAL  On February 5, 2012 at 5:46 am

      They maybe of ‘No’ value to the Muslims of India,as stated,however,for the people of the Indus Valley-”We have been always a single entity”.So it is a Historic/Strategic Need, That we again become,a single entity.

  • Naveed Tajammul  On February 5, 2012 at 5:59 am

    They may be of ‘No’ concern to the Muslims of India,as per their perceptions,however,for the people of the Indus valley basin,’We have been a single entity’ so it is a Historic/Strategic Need,that we are re-united.

  • Abdul Waheed Rathore  On February 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Respected Yaasmeen Bibi,

    Again my heart felt Dua for you because my family is Kashmiri & my ancestors came to Lahore in Sikh RAAJ. So my six generations were Kashmiris & worked for the cause. I was very interested to visit Kashmir & wrote to Pandit Nehru in 1962 & later for allowing me a week’s visit BUT JUST NO.

    Your heart certainly beat for poor people of Kasmir but of no result. Kashmiris will remain on death bed. We all can pray for them. Dua Waheed Rathore

    • Yasmeen Ali  On February 5, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Dear Rathore Sahib,
      Every effort counts. One day it WILL deliver INSHALLAH. We must join together in our voice & joining of hands in this mutual struggle.
      YAA

  • MAB  On February 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    You have to re engineer Kashmir policy.

    You have to go Kosovo route.

    MAB

    • NAVEED TAJAMMAL  On February 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      The muslim,struggle ,in kashmir started with the sikh inroads and continues,in 1947 the muslim were,still,,in 90 % majority.Though the Dogra ruler was a Hindu.
      the Kosovo model differs.

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