The Indian forces deployed across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir sneaked into the Haji Pir sector in the early hours of Sunday, attacked a Pakistani check post and injured two of our soldiers. However, as they were being beaten back, they were compelled to leave their arms behind. Although in the past such incidents have been taken place at regular intervals, it was for quite some time that there has been no such intrusions, giving the impression that recent developments towards the normalisation of relations between the two countries might have had a settling effect. The government should lodge a strong protest with New Delhi and seek an explanation for this serious violation of the LoC as well as trust that the two sides have been trying to build.
It is a great tragedy that the beleaguered people of Kashmir have become victims of the geopolitical ambitions of world powers, in particular of the US that perceives the befriending of New Delhi at any cost a prerequisite to the achievement of its goals. In the process, it even does not hesitate to ignore the grossest of human rights violations the Indian security forces are guilty of committing on the people of the Valley. These abuses have shot up since the Indian government empowered these forces with a black law that gives a free hand to them to shoot at sight or take in custody even a suspect freedom fighter. These forces, thus, feel encouraged to perpetrate the maximum inhumanities they possibly could to silence the voice of freedom. However, the people even after losing nearly 80,000 of their kith and kin and suffering torture and the pain and humiliation of rapes of their women are continuing to hold the torch of freedom burning. If anyone has been found wanting in its fortitude and stamina, it is the government of Pakistan. Our leaders must realise the signal significant of Kashmir to the very survival of the country and proactively plead its cause that, in fact, is our own cause.