“Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end the bloodshed” tweeted, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the India-held Kashmir. Ignoring her coalition partner the hardliner BJP which refuses to hold talks with Pakistan Mufti’s statement is indeed bold and timely.
The statement comes in the wake of an attack on an Indian army camp resulting in the death of five army soldiers. The local Muslim population has resisted the Indian occupation since 1947 and with Wani’s death resentment against the Indian army has increased in the Kashmir valley.
Pakistan has denied any involvement in the attack and warned India not indulge in any foolish act of crossing the border and escalating the tension on the Line of Control.
The Chief Minister has rightly suggested that talks were necessary to end the conflict. “We have to talk because war is not an option,” she said.
515 Kashmiris have been martyred since July 2016 in the occupied valley after the custodial killing of Burhan Wani by Indian forces on July 8, 2016. Buhran Wani sacrificed his life for the Kashmiri people. His opposition to Indian occupation and his unrelenting struggle forced the Indians to intensify their barbaric methods of crushing the people of Kashmir.
The Indian army introduced the use of pellet guns in 2016 – at least 20,935 including women and children were injured. The use of pellet guns also led to 73 people losing their eyesight. Approximately 11,864 youth are also on the verge of losing their eyesight due to the use of pellet guns.
Indian government is blaming Jaish- e Mohammed for the attack – this allegation is not new, the Indian find it very convenient to blame Jaish –e- Mohammed after every attack.
The Indian Defence Minister’s statements has raised the temperature across the border compelling the foreign office spokesperson to issue a warning.
“It is a well-established pattern that Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and levelling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in any incident has been initiated,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
People of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to suffer due to Indian atrocities unless a negotiated settlement is reached between the conflicting parties.
Mehbooba Mufti has rightly stated that war is not an option which the hard line BJP insists on.