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Core Issue is a BORE Issue!

18 June, 2005

By Ahmer Muzammil


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Lets be honest. There is no solution for Kashmir, there never was one, nor would there be any in future. Status quo at best is what we can hope for. Thats just the fact on ground. Keep sending secretaries of various departments back & forth for entertainment like monkeys, have a ball at each others seminars, organize peace rallies & musical shows, start bus services, gadha gari(Donkey Carts) trips or whatever else your little heart desire, but one thing is for damn sure and that is INDIA WILL NEVER MOVE AN INCH, FROM THEIR STANCE ON KASHMIR.

Rest assured I am not blaming Indians, because every country has a right to safeguard their interests. If you look from their perspective, if they let Kashmir go, whats next? Nagaland?, Khalistan?, Hyderabad? And many more, it could very well be a domino effect. The entire concept of United States of India is at the core of this Kash mir problem, so I totally understand why the rigidity on their side.

However what I fail to understand is that why in the world Pakistanis are flip flopping on this issue? On which for once we have a moral ground to stand on. And that moral ground is The Resolutions of U.N. If our stance is anything but the U.N resolutions & plebiscite, my question is that then on what grounds are we interfering in the internal matters of another country? Would we like it if another country supported a separatist movement in Pakistan? I am not suggesting that as concerned citizens of the world we shouldnt be worried about Kashmiris or Chechens or Palestinians or Rwandans, or anyone else for that matter no matter what the race, creed or religion of the affected group might be. But we have to be honest, asking that from establishment and governments is a tall task but at least the masses have to be honest, as to why we support a certain cause? Is it on the basis o f religion or caste or is it on the basis of fairness? Are we a nation who is the supporter of all just & fair causes or do we show favoritism on the basis of religion & personal gains rather than fairness? If we are the latter and I am afraid that we provide copious proof of that time & again, than not only we loose our credibility but we are also acting against the teaching of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (May Peace and Blessings of Allah swt be with him), he said in a sahih hadith and I am paraphrasing that if in a matter, your tribe (next of kin, family, even religion-mates etc.) is the aggressor and you know that there opponents are on HAQ(Truth), than side with your opponents. Can we say categorically that this is our character as a nation or even individually?

This is nothing but a beauty pageant, any delegation from the occupied Kashmir that does not have Syed Ali Gilani, is nothing but a sham. My exasperation is with establishment of Pakistan that time & again they desert people & ideologies that are at the core of our existence as a nation, on whims of some so-called visionaries. And when asked why, the official line is Ground realities have changed. We are a nation of 150 million individuals, are we really this insignificant? Taking a 180 degree on afghan policy to Save Pakistan from becoming Tora-Bora" is one thing but to look complacent on all issues almost to the point of looking intimidated in front of Indians is a travesty. I have never been a supporter of this haphazard so-called Jihad in Kashmir, but why are we always at extremes? Either we(when I say we I mean establishm ent and the ruling class) are rallying un-educated, misguided poor  youth to go fight a war because its convenient for the despots of that time, or we are projecting a culture that is contrary to our creation as a nation. If we the Pakistanis and Indians all of a sudden are so damn similar than why didnt this little nugget of information dawned on our higher echelons ages ago, so the lives of those hundreds of poor soles could be spared who were instigated by these thugs in power to go die in Kashmir. Again I am not favoring one policy over another, I am just trying to show the hypocrisy of our ruling class and how they always manipulate us and patronize us with different emotional slogans at different times. Wake up and smell the coffee people.

 I am no foreign diplomat and I will be the first to accept that I know nothing about resolving these complex territorial issues, but Can someone please be honest with the people of Pakistan and tell them that even the movers and shakers of Pakistani foreign policy have a firm belief that in return for all their good gestures, all they are hoping for is Status Quo. How else do you explain the statements coming from the Prime Minister of India that the borders will not be redrawn, no matter what happens? Despite all our CBMS, Indians have shown zero flexibility on Kashmir, Kishan Ganga, Buglihar & Siachen. Thats a fact! Do you have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out? HELLO PEOPLE! Testing 1-2-3, Is this thing on? THEY ARE JUST BUYING TIME.

It truly makes me laugh when I see these people blowing fire from their mouths in support of armed struggle in Kashmir and other places and for the support of their arguments they never fail to mention Ghazwa-e-Badar(Battles of badar), and I am thinking to myself, how narcissistic of us! Do we really think that we have the level of Imaan(Faith) & commitment that those companions did? Do any of us have the taqwa(Piety) to match even the weakest of companions of that time? If not, than how & why in the world would we get the successes and glad tidings of those times? And should we not try to first build that character domestically, instead of fighting these suicidal battles? Why is Hikmah(Wisdom) a synonym for coward-ness these days in our supposed religious classes? Does anyone remember the Sulah-e-Hudaibya(pact of Hudaibiya) and the consequences of that pact?

What WE the Muslims of the world have failed to realize is that, all our issues are going to get ignored like they have been for ages, unless we GANG UP. The sooner we realize this the better it will be for our future generations. I know its a clich, but United we will flourish, divided we will be humiliated like we have been for decades. Its been said time & again by people much smarter and more influential than me, that the reason Jews are ruling the world despite of their minority is because they are united amongst themselves. Imagine if OIC threatens India that if they dont stop the atrocities of Muslims in Kashmir and other parts of India then all their citizens will be kicked out from the lucrative jobs that they hold in Middle Eastern countries. Can you imagine the outcry from masses and pressure it will put on Indian establishment. Even the west can be pressurized in this same manner if we are truly united. I know I am stating an obvious here, but my aggravation is that when will we take practical steps to realize this dream of unity? Who is responsible to formulate a strategy to make this happen? Please someone tell me, Can I do something to hasten the process? Or is it the responsibility of the leaders of the Muslim world, and if it is then when in the world will they make this a priority rather than just empty rhetoric?

P.S I request all my Indian readers to save us the oratory of how we should mind our own business and that we should clean our own house first blah blah blah. I already know that and agree, my whole point of writing this piece is that we have to rise above our prejudices and take the side of the suppressed. No one in their good conscience can support the daily slaughter & rape that goes on in the valley of Kashmir at the hands of Indian armed forces. If the world can rise & deliver freedom for east Timor than why not Kashmir, Chechneya and Palestine? Its these double standards that create the animosity in the Muslim world, why is it such a difficult phenomenon to comprehend?

Reader Comments:

Very clear article

The author cannot be clear when he says "India wont move an inch".Pakistanis!As an indian who thinks we are brothers i request you to concentrate more on developing your literacy,economy,infrastructure,tourism rather than speaking about the "Core issue".Please let us do so too.Instead of spending huge amounts of money just to protect ourselves from each other let us spend it on our welfare and proper.Please know that many Indians dont have any hatred towards Pakistan and we consider them as long lost brothers.Dont sacrifice yourselves at the hands of petty politics and extremism.This would be sincere and final request.

Murali, Hungary - 14 August, 2005

Kashmir No "Core Issue"!

Let us go back to the end of Second World War. Take the case of Germany that lay in ruin. Its Eastern part that comrised Germany's industrial "crown jewels", which were lost to Russia. Worse, its capital Berlin also lay in East Germany, half of it in Soviet occupation and the other half in Allied Forces.
More humiliation came when the Soviets erected the nefarious Berlin Wall.

What did Germany do? Did it call its losses as "core issues"? No, it acted with great restraint and fortitude.
Here lies a lesson for Pakistan. Like Germany, we should have offered to become a shield against communists' expansionists drive and avoided intransigence with India. Germany's ecomomic miracle depended on two factors. First, it didn't have to bear its expenditure on defence. America footed the bill. Second, it gove massive economic aid through the Marshall Plan.

And what did our politicos and generals did? They went to war with India without a solid base in democracy and a vibrant economy. And didn't pat heed to advice from America.

Even now it is not too late. America and Israel, outwardly closest allies, are both vulnerable to imminent disasters. Israel is an illegitimate creation according to the admission of religious Jews. They contend that Judaism is in "exile" throug a divine edict and Jews are not supposed to create a political entity before the arrival of the Messiah. They rightly fear a severe retribution from on high for this violation.

America, on the other hand, is vulnerable from an imminent exodus of the American Jewry, ending in the West Bank of Palestine. The Jews are at their most Jewishness when it comes to their nostalgia and attachment to its past in Palestine. One can envisage the void created in America by the American Jewry's sudden exit. The Imeltdown there would present a parallel to the Soviet episode.

And what is going to happen to the Palestinians? Let them brace for a traumatic expulsion from their last abode in the West Bank.

There is still lies a way out to avert the impending tragedy in Palestine. How? It is by regularising the existence of Judaism in Palestine now that the Jews have finally come there and will never leave the place until the the imminent Battle of the Armegaddon. Why do the Palestinians insist on living in a territory that is marked for the end-time apocalypse.

Jews have lived for the better part of their exile under the Arabs and the Ottoman regimes. Let them end the statehood of Israel and in its place let the Arabs, through a consensus, allow them their existence through a formula called the "Safe Haven". The Safe Haven would become a de facto recognition of Israelis existence in Palestine and the interaction between the two peoples is expected to create a new dawn of examplary relations between the two monotheistic communities.

You can go on unravelling the future silver linings and at the same time providing to prop up America from its possible meltdown as a consequence of its own wrong doings.

Pakistan can grab this opportunity to do its proper home work and then make a splash by offering its mediation in unlocking the Jewish conundrum. The payoff to Pakistan is going to be stupendous. And with that clout it can look forward to having an upper hand in its relations with India.

The working democracy in both India and Pakistan is likely to bring the two divided provinces od Punjab and Bengal together through an "entente" with India.

Sher mohammad.
Email: sher_apr@yahoo.com

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 30 August, 2005

India India

I'm concerned, everything in Pakistan ever happens is always regarding India, Pakistan wants to destroy Indis, If India is no more, what would happen to Pakistan, it won't have anything to live for

Concerned, Pakistan - 04 September, 2005

Core issue Bore Issue

Great Broad Minded fair approach from the core of the heart. Thanks for serving the humanity indirectly by sharing the fair views

Praveen Sharma, Canada - 03 October, 2005

do u believe what u wrote ? seriously ?

what drives decisions is economics dude.. not religion , not principles ... why else would pakistan support war in iraq (when infact our PM said in front of the UN it was a mistake, though i'm disappointed on the vote on Iran). why would Iraq try to invade kuwait, a muslim country and pls explain the historic Iran-Iraq war ! If pakistan wants to support kashmir issue morally, thats cool ... even i dodnt agree with all that the indian forces do there ... but training militants is not moral support ... countries 'ganging up' on basis of religion ! man u will take the world back to the crusades !
as for a solution to kashmir problem, i donno when it'll happen but i'm sure it will ..how would it look like, i donno ... in my personal opinion making the LoC into international border is a solution but I'm not a kashmiri and i donno how kashmiris feel about that (as if its gonna happen if I and the kashimiris agree on this :) ...
OIC talking about atrocities of muslims in India ??? what are u talking about man ... these countries oppress their own populace ! people who cant elect their governments, taking crap from royal families and dictators ...

peace out

ashish, Pakistan - 20 October, 2005

having read all letters,

dear editor,iwish to make a brief statement on the issue of kashmir,pakistan and India.If human rights all the rest that has been said is true,then why kashmiri muslims are still staying there instead of leaving for pakistan (if its based on religious matters as most people of pakistan allege)as the subcontinent division happened ,thanks to british doctrine.Now things have moved on and hostilities now over spilled milk are futile.Still after ignoring politicians,power makers,beaurocrats of all colours,creeds ,television information and misinformation if Indians and pakistanis keep bickering over past events then both would be the laughing stock in the eyes of others.Ionly hope better senses prevail and if we have nothing good to say or see in others then lest completely ignore and behave like strangers for another50 years.I personally believe if god made human being then certainly man made religeon ,hence i attribute no significanceto it but value human being and civic values he/she possess.Thankingyou,Rao .N.S

nsrao., Iran, Islamic Republic Of - 20 December, 2005

To murali

'Long lost brothers''- Bro get a reality check

amitragatha, Pakistan - 23 May, 2006

Open letter to all Pakistanis !!

I know this is an old article but I've just read it so here goes..

I'm an Indian... I'm also a Muslim... and I know for a fact that the 'Core' Kashmir issue is the result of the massive stupidity that the early Pakistani establishment displayed at the time of Independence. Pakistan invaded a then 'free' Kashmir (sure it 'might' have joined India) but at that time it had not. Pakistan CAPTURED territory unlawfully... Under-pressure, scared and ofcoursed coaxed by Patel, the Maharaja of Kashmir asked India for help and opted to join Kasmir with India. Thats when the first Indian forces actually reached the ront lines and were able to halt the invasion ! Why... WHY do you Pakistanis forget that ? This bloody issue was your creation ! Ofcourse i realise that there was a power struggle right after Independence and that territory was vital.. also that Kashmir had a majority Muslim population was a factor. But what an excuse... so if majority of Kashmiris were Muslims, you ppl thought it was ok to invade ? In the name of Muslim brotherhood ? You'll just enter anyones house and make it a part of your home in the name of Muslim brotherhood?!?! Thats the bloody problem with Muslims (i say from an impartial point of view)... many think that because they are Muslims they have like a free pass from Allah to do whatever hell comes to their minds ! And now decades later... the stupidity continues... I know soilders of the Indian Army have crossed the line many times... they have robbed, raped, plundered, tortured and troubled Kashmiris... they shouldn't be there in the first place... an army doesn't belong in the city... there are reasons why they are kept away ! But they are there cause Pakistan keeps sending fools who wanna blow something up and kill people in the name of 'freedom' and 'religion'. HOw are you ppl looking to solve the 'kashmir issue' if you won't stop sending terrorists in our country.. if there are no terrorists... there will be no need for the army there...thats better for the people... the average Kashmiri... once that is done... ways to make lives better can be sought.. then maybe one day... Kashmir can be re-united and be led by Kashmiris into the future without interference by INdia or Pakistan...

Also... what Moral ground does Pakistan hold with the Kashmir issue ?? I fail to understand ?!?!

Ahmer, Hungary - 28 October, 2006

Disguised

I think you ae living in fool's paradise MS Sumit Batra. It's very easy for anyone to comment with a changed name (i.e. A hindu can use a muslim name a no. of times and express whatever he likes. So don't believe in such idiosyncrasies and believe in ground realities such as Gujrat type incidents.

Regards,

Sen Kumar
Manchester

Syed rizvi, Pakistan - 03 November, 2007

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