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Keeping Kashmir alive

Published Oct 10, 2011 06:34am

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The arrest of US-radio journalist David Barsamian at the New Delhi airport in late September 2011 had a chilling effect on me. Like Barsamian, I reported — though for a brief period — on Kashmir. My stories included war widows, mourning mothers, and political party members (read former militants). The only way I could understand the truth or varied aspects of it was to write. And that’s what I did.

In the city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, what I did not know then is that I was followed. Indian authorities likely kept a tab on my place of residence, forcing me to shift from one hotel to another guest house. I received strange phone calls by the head of police on a mobile given to me by political activists. I hung up. I met with local contacts in private, including female group leaders and innocent victims of violence. I did not always watch-my-back, though I did avoid multiple visits to Central Jail. I could not convincingly say I was a cousin or sister of a detained activist. I did not realise that my Nikita-style black boots and designer-like eye make-up would give me away.

While my simple adventures into Kashmir cannot compare to Barsamian, I know the agony of being judged. I understand the feeling of being incongruously isolated for wishing to narrate the stories of women wishing to release their grievances to an American Muslim woman. I know that women risked their lives to meet with me. In November 2008, a month of political campaign and protests, I met women in private and became painfully aware of the lives they must lead. As an American, I could not imagine the life of women on-the-run, kept away from their families, constantly shielded and screened from the public view.

Each visit to Kashmir was enigmatic. I was never satisfied. I needed to learn more. Write more. Examine the conflict as it is experienced by its people, rather than the trappings of Western or Indian reporting. As I prepared for a visit in June 2009, my visa was mysteriously recalled two days before the planned trip.  The Indian Embassy in Washington, DC revoked my visa on violation of “visa norms.” The Consular officer, a lean dark gentleman with beady eyes, stated matter-of-factly, “You visited India on a tourist visa but you did not act as a tourist.” Baffled, I thought, as Arundhati Roy boldly stated in her op-ed ‘Dead Men Talking’ in Dawn, “Is it illegal for tourists to talk to people in the countries they visit?” Surely, as an American citizen, I had a right to engage the local population without the threat of harassment or harm.

In my defense, I handed the official a copy of my not-yet-published book draft on the women of Kashmir. I explained my previous position in the US government and then as a researcher for an international think tank. I tried to reason with the officer and assert my academic and research credentials. But his answer was firm, “You met the wrong people.” At that moment, it became clear to me that the Indian government divided people into categories of right and wrong. Were political activists with a non-violent agenda mistakenly immoral and illegal? Or perhaps, it was the woman cloaked in an all-black abaya who invited me to her home that raised red flags? Or was my presence at an all-female protest in the old city startling and seriously damaging to New Delhi? Three years later, Roy’s piece made me understand that revoking my visa, not once but thrice, intended to quiet my aspirations of writing anything further of India’s undeclared and unambiguous occupation of Kashmir.

Determined to travel again, I met with Washington’s incoming Indian Ambassador Singh and his wife at a Congressional greet-and-meet party. The Ambassador reassured me that I had committed no crime. But even he had limits of power. I finally stopped demanding a response to the visa question when an insider informed me that the Indian Home Ministry sealed my file. “You will not be able to travel to India for the next ten years. So you can forget about Kashmir,” the insider told me.

The drama with Delhi did not end there. Months later, Indian commercial broadcasting television NDTV aired a false report that portrayed me as a spy from Pakistan. Using a collage of pictures downloaded from the Internet and an Indian woman’s voice that was not my own, the program attempted to reveal a story based on fiction and fantasy. Simple logic should have revealed to the network that as an American citizen, and once a US government official, I could not have worked for the Pakistani government. It is illegal. The television station refused to retract the story, and I also refused to condemn (read sue) the network.

Years ago, I made a promise I intend to keep. While I accept that I might be punished for pushing the Kashmir issue, no form of intimidation will prevent me from writing the stories of Kashmiri women — invisible and intangible to the outside world. Anyone who has been to Kashmir knows it is an unforgettable place. A land etched by a people, who are extraordinarily simple and sincere. It is a valley where the struggles of women are often obscured and out-of-sight, unless their stories are recorded and reach an audience outside of South Asia.

Farhana Qazi is a senior lecturer on Pakistan and Islam for the US government. She publishes widely on conflicts in the Islamic world, including Kashmir. She can be reached at farhana331@gmail.com and www.farhanaqazi.com

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Ace Oct 10, 2011 12:01pm
I'm simply speechless ... I guess.
Imran Baloch Oct 10, 2011 12:19pm
This is an eye opener I wish the writer expose the struggle of the Balochi Women as well
rajiv Oct 10, 2011 12:29pm
please also publish the stories of the widows of the indian army officers who were martyred by the militants
Arvind Oct 10, 2011 12:32pm
Well, its just her personal point of view. Even I have been to Kashmir several times and I haven't seen such kind of oppression of woman as mentioned in this article, totally baseless and moreover, why to blame Indian government? you do the same thing by visiting Balouchistan and then I will see how Pakistani government will treat you, may be worse then what Indian government did.
Khan Oct 10, 2011 12:36pm
Great work. You should sue.
OMKONDAWAR Oct 10, 2011 12:40pm
i would like to ask miss.Farhana Quazi that ,if you are relly worried about women position it is very bad in pakistan and particulary in FATA ,and Taliban dominated area and entire pakistan so publish your views on that particulary neutrally
Indian Oct 10, 2011 12:43pm
Next time, I would like to see a book on Women of Balochistan. What about the killings of Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and other Hindus in Kashmir valley by Kashmiri militants?
Anantha Oct 10, 2011 12:50pm
I wish you did a piece on the plight of the 100,000 or so Hindus that have been driven out of Kashmir, their homeland, by Islamic extremists as well.
Iqbal Ali Oct 10, 2011 01:00pm
and India boosts about being the largest democracy of the world... very well done India... Keep it up
Goga Nalaik Oct 10, 2011 01:02pm
I invite all regular Indian readers of Dawn to express their sentiments …
Saad Yousaf Oct 10, 2011 01:31pm
Indeed an eye opener, the word "K" in PAKISTAN represents Kashmir, as Pakistanis we feel their suffering.
sps Oct 10, 2011 01:32pm
Please bother also for the plight of Kashmiri Pundits madam. Its hopeless to expect a unbiased article from a Pakistani journalist
Mridu Oct 10, 2011 01:58pm
I appreciate your feeling for the Kashmiri women. But I believe you can focus on larger internationl issues relating to women. And its more of an Internal Matter of India. Pick up the issues relating to women which are larger and seemingly unsolvable. India is quiete capable of handling these issues. Of course the end of military regime in Pakistan will be the fastest solution to any problem relating to Kashmir and so as to the Kashmiri women. I would love to give you one free advice (which Indians are good at), try out exposing the opression faced by the women in Pakistan which is I am sure much more larger than anything I can think right now in this subcontinent. Being an American it would be easy for you to get Visa as well. Cheers, Mridu, Bangalore, India
Sunil Tambey Oct 10, 2011 02:02pm
Wow ! An arrest of a journalist had "chilling effect" on you ! I wonder how the killing of Saleem Shahzad (and simultaneous deleting of telephone records) would have affected you were you doing a similar story in Pakistan !
narayana murthy Oct 10, 2011 02:09pm
I have another question to the author, while Dawn takes time, gathering courage to publish (or not) my first question. If you are an American citizen, why didn't you write this in an American news paper? Granted, many writers from various countries write for other countries. However, you would have made a lot of sense and gathered a lot of goodwill from American people, if this had appeared in an American daily, instead of a Pakistani daily. Perhaps, there were no takers for your biased articles in American media!! I also wonder if NDTV can now SUE this author for what she has written here against NDTV?!!!!
bashir Oct 10, 2011 02:15pm
the snap of a woman mourning at the top of the column is telling its story. Her facial expressions are powerful by the words. her face is telling us everything happening in the Indian occupied kashmir.
Pal, India Oct 10, 2011 02:16pm
Situation of Kashmir indeed is miserable and our govt always acts like dictators in Kashmir, mainly due to the heavy Military dominance in that area.
Shamsher Oct 10, 2011 02:55pm
"Women-on-the-run" ? Why were they on the run ? And whyyou took offence to the statement that you met the "wrong people" if you met people on-the-run ! Please elaborate.....
Irfan Afzal Oct 10, 2011 02:56pm
Madam, To be fair I strongly recommend that you temper your focus by also discussing the atrocities that are conducted on a regular basis by the militants in Kashmir, the atrocities that visit Pakistani Christians , Ahmadis, Balochis, Shias, and other Pakistani minorities. Unless you do that your article will be of little merit and will only be of interest to bigoted Pakistanis who forget or ignore too easily what is happening to women in their country
Rajesh Oct 10, 2011 03:04pm
Have you met Kashmiri Hindu women in Jammu camps ? No , I am sure they won't have inspired you ? Have you met Bloach or a Shia women there in Pakistan itself , No ? You won't have any Visa or Passport hassles for that , question is why should you do that . It pays a lot to be selective , No ?
ravi Oct 10, 2011 03:18pm
"Surely, as an American citizen, I had a right to engage the local population without the threat of harassment" As an american citizen you will have the same rights every other citizen in this world, nothing more. once you take those colored glasses off, world will look a little calmer. “You visited India on a tourist visa but you did not act as a tourist.” - by consular officer. I thought that was clear. if i visit america and work, i will be arrested and deported. please state the purpose of your visit as a journalist, if you are one or a researcher(funded by whom?) if you are visiting for research purposes. If you visit pakistan and keep meeting taliban, with out telling why, CIA probably will arrest you. You start your conversation with a lie and assume your biased statements?
virgo091 Oct 10, 2011 03:23pm
nice ma'm; what about the innumerous people getting kidnapped/killed for any reason in your country? what about the sufferings of their families? one of it is the killing of a well known journalist recently, what about the plight of his family? can you recount that?
Yatanveer Singh Oct 10, 2011 03:24pm
This lady was in India that's why she was able to write this article, if she has done the same thing in Pakistan she might have messed up her life forever. There are many other important things which Pakistan can do rather then Keeping the Kashmir issue alive.
rahi Oct 10, 2011 03:39pm
Nice personal account..........really touching..........I wish people like you keep writing on Kashmir and try to bring sufferings of people to limelight ...........lot needs to be done and lot needs to be written......people who oppose such accounts are having biased approach.......Writers like you should not fell pray to such people rather you should keep the mission going.
jinesh Oct 10, 2011 03:49pm
i think the writer should focus on POK too and if you do want to visit india as a journalist do apply for visa as a journalist/writer!
Indie Oct 10, 2011 04:02pm
There is no mention of what u saw about Kashmiri women or their suffering. Better will be if u write honest account of events in Balouchistan, Bangladesh incidents and more...
Ganesh Oct 10, 2011 04:11pm
Miss Farhana Qazi, Right now Pakistan needs electricity, peace and stability. Not yet another fodder for hate India camp. If you do think about woman and their plight, please write something about woman in Afghanistan and Pakistan.Tell us more about Honor Killings, fogging. -Ganesh
saurabh Oct 10, 2011 05:31pm
Miss farhana, Atleast these women you met are living in their hiomes and not in Refugee camps as the kashmiri Hindus driven out by Kashmiri "Freedom Fighters", You should have written out about them too, and also look at the cases like that of MUKHTAR MAI in your own country
raika45 Oct 10, 2011 05:53pm
What are you looking for lady?Applause?You should also write about the women in parts of pakistan.share their grief.Do you have the guts to do it?
BRR Oct 10, 2011 08:04pm
Keep up the good work lady. However, your biases show too - what have you got against "black looking men"? Are darker skin men inferior to your whiter skin? Also, why go in disguise as a tourist if you intend to do journalism?
Simrat Oct 10, 2011 09:20pm
The day Pakistani's stop taking responsibility of Muslim of other countries ....the world would be better place for them and for Muslims around the world
Viz Oct 10, 2011 09:26pm
Its fashionable to write about plight of Indian Muslims or Kashmiri muslims in Pakistani media. They should also talk about what pakistan's support for militancy has caused common people. They did it to Benagli muslims, Muslims in Balochistan and now Kashmiri / Indian Muslims. You have done enough. Now stop doing more harm to muslims.
Siddique Humayun Oct 10, 2011 09:31pm
Ah, as expected, the majority of comments come from India. They seem to be in love with Dawn. :) Brilliant blog, it is a sad reality what happens in Indian Held Kashmir, and to which most of the world turns a blind eye. Such voices should be promoted. If someone is exposing something bad, you can't try to belittle the effort by telling them that another wrong is happening somewhere else. At least they did their contribution, look into yourself people.
indian Oct 10, 2011 09:44pm
as police said...if you throw stones and petrol bombs to us...we are not throwing flowers back at you...
indian Oct 10, 2011 09:45pm
As the title suggest "keeping kashmir alive"...by hook or by crook..!
anand Oct 10, 2011 10:11pm
Dear Farhana, there is nothing much left for me to write after such responses you got for this article. don't harp on american citizenship............it will not give you unlimited freedom in india or any other country on this planet....pakistan might be an exception. it would be highly appreciated if you spare your ink also for the kashmiri pundits and at least for women in most parts of pakistan who are living worse lives than women in the indian administered kashmir.
Irfan Oct 10, 2011 10:20pm
He he he he .. What a joke. I guess there is no B in Pakistan and thats why Bangladesh left and Balochistan is leaving.. Grow up.
Dip Oct 10, 2011 10:50pm
Why is an American citizen so interested in Kashmir?
Gopal Oct 10, 2011 11:09pm
If you want credibility, try writing about the Hindus who have been ethnically cleansed by the Islamic militants from homes that they have lived in for centuries. Try talking about the Hindu girls who have been raped and abducted. Without any balance your writings are just propaganda.
Srini Oct 10, 2011 11:10pm
'Farhana Qazi is a senior lecturer on Pakistan and Islam for the US government'. Wow! Senior lecturer on Pakistan and Islam? As an Indian, I feel bad that an Pakistani lecturer of the 'US Government' could ONLY find atrocities against 'Indian' women, as 'obviously' Pakistan is one of the greatest country for women's rights. I really want to believe this, irrespective of so many articles on Pakistani atrocities against women across the globe. but...
Zun Oct 10, 2011 11:31pm
I am sorry to see that replies to the above from the other side of the border. Mature people do not hide their fualts. If you really want to be applauded, ask your governement to stop the atrocities in Kashmir and we shall recognise that you stand up for the right.
Venkat Oct 10, 2011 11:37pm
I wish author does a similar kind of report on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (The so called Azad Kashmir). If you write anything against Army/ISI or Militants then you will get a lot worse treatment.
Wry_observer Oct 10, 2011 11:42pm
You do realize that had you pulled a similar stunt in the US - visiting a US jail, gathering info behind a cover etc. - you would have been arrested yourself ? And it looks like you are plugging your book -otherwise why bring that up and confine your opinions to the said 'sufferings'.
Ashutosh Oct 10, 2011 11:58pm
Hey did you visit Hindu women and families staying in Jammu refugee camps? The one who used to stay in Kashmir and were killed, forced to leave homeland by the same people you are supporting?
Aaftab Oct 11, 2011 12:06am
If you are worried about the plight of Kashmiri women, then you should be touring Pakistan to promote the idea that all of Kashmir be returned to India. Women have it much better in secular, democratic India than they do in theocratic Pakistan. Look to your west, where women dread the return of the Taliban and their radical ideas.
Aaftab Oct 11, 2011 12:13am
If you have nothing to say, then why are you commenting?
rishabh Oct 11, 2011 12:23am
for gods sake hav a luk at ur own cntry for once!! ull cnt manage the tiny amt of land given to u and u wanna take on kashmir as well!! get real!! the world sees u as a joke already!!
Shery Oct 11, 2011 01:47am
Just watch we are already doing that.
peter Oct 11, 2011 02:59am
You are asking for the impossible.
Azam Oct 11, 2011 03:02am
When I read the article I was like yeaa okayy but when I read the comments I was like woah... indians dont have a strong belly.
shafi Oct 11, 2011 03:27am
Unfortunately Dawn did not like my earlier comments on the many Indian commentators of hate against Pakistan and did not publish it. Don't see why? However please continue to expose the atrocities committed in the Indian held Kashmir and tell the world about this neglected part of the world.
shafi Oct 11, 2011 03:34am
23 out of 29 comments are by Indian spewing hate against Pakistan although the writer is a citizen of America. I wonder why?
tariqazeem Oct 11, 2011 03:45am
Well done Farhana, keep on writing on Kashmir and expose the Indian falsehood and repression in Kashmir, the truth is bitter for the Indians, they are the occuping brutal forse in Kashmir who has killed hundreds and thousand of innocent people. The Indian should remember their leader Nehru's promise to Kashmiris that they will be allowed to vote for Independense. What happened to that promise?
Sam Oct 11, 2011 04:26am
Please get over a very narrow and obsessed view of only writing about Muslims. Please include the pain and suffering of everyone of fellow humanity, regardless of religion. Please write about about millions of displaced Hindu and Sikh and other minorities.
SR Oct 11, 2011 05:34am
While some of the (expected) comments from Indian readers are quite understandable and in a few instances also valid, I wonder why this sudden concerted onslaught of picking up the "plight" of Balochis.
krishna Oct 11, 2011 05:44am
Your article would have some merit if your opinion was unbiased. You were desperate to go to Kashmir as though that was the last thing in the world where women are still opressed. Just now I read Iranian actress was sentenced to 90 lashes by a civil court. Kashmir has an elected govt and military is trying to control the proxy war from our neighbor.
Sunil Sinha Oct 11, 2011 06:08am
Pakistanis dont dare to write, what is happening in their backyard. Farhana, you need to write about the plights of Pakistani women who are constantly under threat and fear. Check upon Youtube, where many have rendered their plight and misery through video as what is happening in Pakistan. So better look in to Pakistani womens deteriorating situation first, then sneak in to others
Anjali Oct 11, 2011 06:12am
Hi Farzana, Thanks for ur insight on Kashmiri women and the alleged cruetly by the Indian govt.....I wish your book had a page,if not a chapter dedicated for the displaced Kashmiri Pandits who were killed,threatened,blackmailed by the separatist.... You're not looking at the broader picture..Just brewing up a storm in a book to increase the sales.....Please dont publish half baked truths....
raju fakir Oct 11, 2011 06:17am
Comments are not going You are censorship yourself Kashmiri Brahmins driven out of their homes should be written about too. Pakistani sponsored terrorists making life of Kashmiris hell should be discussed
Farooqui Oct 11, 2011 06:19am
Wow what an Indian multiple bashing for highlighting a visa refusal. Imagine if there was a real story of one of the thousands of actual Indian atrocities, these Indian vultures surfing the newspapers would have shredded Ms Qazi. Please Ms Qazi keep up the good work and let the world know about the continued atrocities and forked tongue of the Indian government and just forget about these on line bigots.
krishnan Oct 11, 2011 06:23am
The response from Indians is predictable but as I wrote earlier ( moderated!) the article should have covered women in the entire region to be credible.
Joh Greaves Oct 11, 2011 06:47am
The question you should ask yourself - Is it OK to abuse Kashmiris in India because human rights in Pakistan are not good. If your answer is yes that please share it with us.
Ibn-e-Ashafque Oct 11, 2011 06:53am
Farhana: Keep up the good work our muslim sisters voice needs to be heard and answered above the din of secularism and kashmir being an integral part of India. I wish more writers take cue from you and write about the injustices being committed in Kashmir. The cry and wailings of our Kashmiri sisters need to be answered. The least we should do is to make it heard to all. It breaks my heart when I read about the injustices being done on Kashmiris and when you had the courage to bring it in the open so many human beings instead of offering sympathy and condolence are asking you to talk about other issues. Injustice done anywhere is wrong but Kashmir is closer to Farhana's heart and also mine. Others are welcome to write on issues that are dearer to them. Kashmir Zindabad.
Khan Oct 11, 2011 06:55am
We all should have guts to accept the truth whether it's in India or Pakistan or somewhere. A comparison of something bad in India with a worst in Pakistan will not make it better. It's bad and must be stopped before it becomes worst.
Ibn-e-Ashafque Oct 11, 2011 06:56am
Imran if Baloch women are dear to you go ahead and write about them. Let us see if you really care about them.
Aahmed Oct 11, 2011 07:17am
Wow Indians... You are all amazing. Your country commits crimes, and no one should report on them! Especially not a person of PAKISTANI origin. Pakistanis apparently have no right to condemn Indian for how the violate the rights of women in KASHMIR. Biggest democracy in the world yet it ends at borders of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Sane Indian Oct 11, 2011 07:23am
Hi Farzana, This article goes with the Pak's policy of "Keep the Kashmir boiling". Atleast these wailing women are in their homes. Why don't you write about the wailing women in refugee camps in their own nation after the massive earthquake. Earthquake has come and come and gone and everyone must have forgotten about it and also the people, whose homes are destroyed and still living in deplorable condition in Pakistan. Why don't you visit them and write a detailed account about them...May be you will never get to write about anything after that....
Mansa Oct 11, 2011 07:41am
Nice article....!!! I am not surprised to see Indian brothers pouncing whenever the kashmir issue pops up. It's been a matter of pride for them. And they tend to forget that it's not about pride but about fate of million people living in the state who have lived miserably since 1947 .These very people have sacrificed so much in past 2-3 decades. If India is a great democratic country why is she afraid to pass on the UN resolutions?????? Any unbiased and sensible answers? I would love to read. Also, finger pointing on others problem will not solve your problem. Thanks...
masood baloch Oct 11, 2011 08:04am
I would recommend Ms.Qazi to come to Balochistan and look at the pitiable condition of Baloch women here. She wouldnt even require a visa to do so. Before trying to set others home in order one should clean ones house.
Muhammad Imran Chaud Oct 11, 2011 08:28am
Lol. Do some charity works instead of raising IF, BUT, WHAT, WHY????
sachin Oct 11, 2011 08:29am
madam do you have even a hindus in pakistan who has reached the kind of political or social heights the muslims have been able to attain in india. We had 2 muslim Presidents, a cricket captain, umpteen number of chief ministers and governers who were/are muslims.People like you cant go beyond caste/ religious considerations and write non sense on the web and create more tensions in an already troubled atmosphere and add more fuel to fire
KAUSAR TALAT Oct 11, 2011 09:49am
In 5 hours every 10 minutes on the average - a nicely orchestrated response to the facts of Occupied kashmir - certainly a propaganda group. Ms Qazi I salute you for remembering the plight of kashmiri women at the hands of Indian occupied force. It is up to us Americans to highlight the attrocities and brutality of Indian occupied forces, because incompetent Pakistani government will not do. THANK YOU Ms Qazi for bringing up the subject. It is people like you who will keep this light burning and some day not only the world will rise , but the Indian people will realize the sins of Indian government. Kausar
sks Oct 11, 2011 10:07am
the writer should also write about minority and persecution of the women in pakistan. I would be interested to know what happens after that.
sam Oct 11, 2011 10:16am
What nonsense.... You wrote all about yourself.... If you are so obsessed with women sufferings you can do some god work in your ow country... why are you worried about indian visa ... go to balochistan or NW areas of pakistan... even in that case you will end up writing about yourself as you have done here....
Tajammal Oct 11, 2011 11:05am
By reading the comments of almost all the Indian participants, it seems that they are totally 'brainwashed' about Kashmir, their comments are ditto copy of each other 'Dukhti rug ko chhera he to cheekhtey kiyun ho'
Naga Oct 11, 2011 11:15am
Please write to unite both kashmirs. Please keep doing it in holistic manner touching all aspects of the issue.
biju Oct 11, 2011 11:23am
i encourage every indian to contact the author on her email address and present their view
deep Oct 11, 2011 11:24am
Laughable to see crocodile tears being shed for kashmiris by a person of Pakistani origin. You should have mentioned that half of the problem is a creation of Pakistan and pakistani like you. Only if 5% of your time is dedicated to writing about Pakistan, may be you'll help your coutry. I am an indian living in USA and what consular officer said was very correct and if it was USA you would have been arrested and deported. Shameless pakistani writer.
Faraz Oct 11, 2011 11:30am
By reading the comments here it looks like, some people don't like reading about one truth and pushing the subject to other truths.
vihang Oct 11, 2011 12:57pm
dear author, Keep the pot boiling. you have to feed something to the fire to keep alive. I hope Americans are reading this. This lady is trying put US in this fire and Pak already burning badly. We Indians know water is used to contain fire and is plenty in Jammu and kashmir. God save US.
Sameer Oct 11, 2011 12:59pm
It's surpricing to see people (Pakistani Origin) cry for human rights in Kashmir. I feel that human rights situation in Kashmir is far better than any part of Pakistan today. People need to ask one simple question themself "Is so called Azad Kashmir is land of happy & satisfied people? Are they getting better facilities than that of people from Indian Kashmir?" And if answer is no, why to to cry for something you can not give to Indian Kashmiries. Kashmiries living in India deffinately would not like to join talibanized Pakistan and ruin thir livelihood! Women rights in entire Pakistan are questionable these days. Think of it before getting worried about Indian Kashmiri women.
Chandresh Oct 11, 2011 02:15pm
O.K. - we are bigots ! And what are you who shower petals on a killer of your Governor ?
Pinky Oct 11, 2011 02:17pm
What dukhti rug ? She didnt even mention one instance of atrocity on a kashmiri woman. How can you be sure that the allegations against her were incorrect.
Tajammal Oct 11, 2011 03:39pm
Then what is over 700000 Indian Army is doing there?
Hindu Kush Oct 11, 2011 04:09pm
Why and for what purpose you (India) has deploy over 800000 strong Army there?
Ashok Oct 11, 2011 05:25pm
Last month I visited Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg over a period of 10 days. We got friendly with our hired car driver, Abdul. We asked about the now open road crossing to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. His pithy reply to how things were reported to be out there said it all -- Haalat theek nahin hain. Evidently the situation on the Indian side appeared better off to one I would call a typical Kashmiri.
Anil Kumar Oct 11, 2011 08:46pm
Well said Masood...,u, the Baloch ppl would always be in our prayers.
Anil Kumar Oct 11, 2011 08:51pm
How sad,how touching is ur response..., But brother,,ur heart shd also break to see the plight of Baloch,Sindhis ,Muhajirs...,Ahmadiyas,Shias in ur great country!
Sandipan Oct 11, 2011 10:27pm
Because charity begins at home............
Uzair Oct 12, 2011 11:07am
On showing a single episode of thousand atrocities the reactions of Indians are so harsh, if full serial has been shown, then imagine 'yeh log to aasman sar par utha lain ge'
Anidesh,Mumbai Oct 12, 2011 10:12pm
Dear friend, UN resolutions in Kashmir issue does not mean that ,the UN will ask India to give Indian Administered Kashmir to Pakistan. But it is like this, Pakistan , India and China should release the parts of Kashmir. This will form a new country Kashmir like Afganistan, where neither India nor Pakistan will have any control over the land. So give me a true and genuine answer whether Pakistan is ready for this. If not u all are shedding just crocodile tears for Kashmiris. I would like to know ur responses to my answer
Nasah Oct 16, 2011 08:48pm
Remove the paramilitary and peace will return to Kashmir.
khader Oct 20, 2011 01:35pm
That is because terrorists illegally come in and destroy our peace. An Indian from Kashmir.