Kashmir burning: where lies the solution?

Dear EditorLife in Kashmir took such a dreadful turn in the past months. And to overcome all the unavoidable destruction is an uphill task for every Kashmiri. Once J&K (so called-a common sta...

Dear Editor
Life in Kashmir took such a dreadful turn in the past months. And to overcome all the unavoidable destruction is an uphill task for every Kashmiri. Once J&K (so called-a common state) was known to be an import-export state, but today unfortunately, the two regions have became rivals. The Jammu National Highway has been closed for Kashmiri traders. Kashmiris in Jammu were made victims for the prevailing issue i.e. land transfer. Many leaders joined hands to overcome the unwanted circumstances, and some of them were put under house arrest. They tried to resolve the issue without violence, i.e. all party meetings, but all this turned out to be in vain. It is an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth game. And amidst all this it is the common man who suffers. Students, too, from many institutions took out peaceful rallies and assembled at many places. Few students lost their lives in the firing by police and CRPF troopers. Many students in various urban areas boycotted their classes. Even the medical representatives of Kashmir valley protested against the economic blockade enforced by some fanatic groups in Jammu. There was shortage of essential commodities and medicines when the economic blockade was in place. In many places like Dalgate, Rainawari etc troops had entered many houses, even mosques and harassed the people there. Unfortunately, our own J&K police have become our enemy. They beat up and fire upon unarmed protesters in Kashmir. Many debates were organized in the Indian media and 59% people were in favour of giving Azadi to Kashmiris. It is not a fight about religion, but Kashmiris are fighting for complete freedom. Kashmir has suffered every time by all means, whether politically or socially. It seems as if human lives have no value in Kashmir.
If a single massacre occurs at any other place, it is highlighted, but countless
massacres took place in Kashmir—all conveniently ignored. Many innocent youths were killed. A youth of Nowhatta Javed Ahmad was killed; he was the sole bread winner for his family. Likewise so many youths like him were killed in other parts of Kashmir. The Indian troopers have resorted to firing, killing and injured people in many places; they have entered houses, breaking window panes and doors, beaten family members, and warned them of dire consequences.
This is the Kashmir we are living in these days.
Uzma Qureshi
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