Indian occupied Kashmir is the most heavily militarized zone in the world. If that is not a sign of desperate occupation then I do not know what is. Pakistan and India have fought 3 useless wars over Kashmir. Really the international community should intervene and let the Kashmiri's decide their own fate. This will never happen of course because states are corrupt agents of power and will use state violence to no end in order to crush resistance. Unfortunately I only see more bloodshed ahead.
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I being a Kashmiri, who has witnessed Indian brutality firsthand would disagree with my Indian brother. If a voting is held in kashmir today 85% of kashmir's would vote for an Independent country rather than Pakistan or India. People in kashmir are fed up of both the countries.
Firstly I don't see any difference between Taliban sucide bombers or Hindu nationalists & vigilantes lynching innocent Muslim, just few days back a Muslim man was burnt to death by Hindu extremists. Secondly Pakistanis did not vote Someone like Modi to become PM. A person who is responsible for slaughtering 1000 Muslims in Gujarat.
Most of your claims about shias having no stake in separatist movement is kashmir or the sunni separatist leaders being funded by Nasibi wahabis are absolutely false. The Kashmir issue dates back to 1947. The top brass of the separatist movement does include shia leaders such as Abbas Ansar, Masroor ansari & Aga Syed Hassan & others. The poster boy of armed resistance against India Yasin Malik, & other separatist leaders do participate in Muharram processions. These people were highly influenced by the Islamic revolution in Iran & have great respect for Imam Khomeini. The is no link between Pandits ( Hindus ) & shias of kashmir, most of the pandits (Hindus) who were killed during the start of armed resistance were collaborators & paid the price of of collaborating with the Indian state. The Indian state has always tried to divide kashmir on regional & sectarian lines just to weaken the separatist movement.
Yes Azadari procession have been banned. Proir to 1989 the 8th & 10th Muharram processions would pass through the city centre now they have been restricted to localities with sizeable shia population only. The processions were banned during governor rule after 1989, there was no provisional government between 1989 to 1996. The provisional government has always been the puppet of Indian state.
I do not blame you, the narrative put forward by the Indian state & the jingoistic India media is that Pakistan is the source of all evil & Indian army is too innocent to be involved in any kind of human rights abuses. All of the Indian media is biased when it comes to kashmir.
Yes Shias do have insecurities about their future but if we become collaborators with Indian state we will surely meet the same fate as pandits.
Oppression is everywhere, this or Palestine isn't even the worst of it, millions of people have been killed in the Congo since the late 1990's, some estimates report upto 10 million, no one says a word. They may not be muslim, but every innocent person killed, especially an innocent child deserves our attention and empathy. I am not saying we should not care about oppression in the middle east, but we also need to look beyond, there is even oppression against people in America, whenever a person is homeless, starving for reasons outside his control, that should also be our concern. I recently watched a documentary about hurricane harvey and how entire neighbourhoods have been devastated by it, people lost their jobs and basically everything they had, and because they were poor, the government didn't even care to send them help. It was heartbreaking. This is our world though, we need to be as informed as possible.