The fate of Kashmir has been hanging in the balance’ since the division of the sub-continent into India and Pakistan. The Maharaja of Kashmir announced the affiliation of the state with India against the wish of the people of Kashmir. They, being Muslims, naturally wanted to join Pakistan.
They took up arms against India to win freedom from her. Mujahidin and the government of Pakistan stood by the freedom fighters against Indian aggression. India vent to the UN with a request for a ceasefire. The UN in its resolution ordered a ceasefire on the condition that the future of Kashmir would be decided by the Kashmir’s through a plebiscite. Liaquat-Nehru pact brought an end to this war. Unfortunately, India hacked out of her promise of holding the plebiscite in Indian held Kashmir. In 1965, the Muslims again took up arms against India.
A horrible war continued for seventeen days without any positive result. The economies of both countries were badly shattered. In 1991, the freedom fighters once again rose up in arms against India. She tried her best to put down the freedom movement but in vain. Frustrated, she has started the worst kind of atrocities in the valley. Thousands of innocent people have been forced to flee from their native land and take refuge in Pakistan.
This extremely beautiful valley is filled with smoke rising from burning houses. It is littered with the blood of innocent people.
It resounds with the firing of guns and the wailing of the wounded. Indian BSF and army personnel are butchering innocent Kashmiris without discrimination. The refugees coming to Pakistan have hair-stirring stories to tell. Indian invasion and capture of the Dargah Hazrat Ball (November 1993) was the hallmark of her aggression. Sopur, a Muslim town, was razed to the ground by the Indian army. Many other villages were set on fire.
India has flatly refused to hold a plebiscite in the valley. She is not ready to give the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir.
The Prime Minister of India has once again announced on the 15th of August, 1995, that Kashmir was the integral” part of India. The relations between India and Pakistan are torn asunder.