By Raza Malik
Kashmir Shrine Protests in 2008
Every year since 1991 the people of Pakistan Observe the 5th February as a day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, who have been struggling and rendering unparalleled sacrifices to achieve their birthright, the right of self determination, for past six decades
To understand the importance of the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day, one needs to understand the history of India’s occupation of Kashmir, which dates back to the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 after a century of Continue reading
I have to say this before I say anything else, that this post and what I am about to say will offend many of you (Muslims)! And frankly I really don’t care what you think of me and how offended you get! I just don’t care…
I have said this to some people I know, and mostlty I haven’t receieved a much positive respond. I have been told to stay positive, that I should think positive, that what I say (coming below) creates ill feeling towards other Muslims and that I am being pessimistic, or that I should not judge others. I Strongly Disagree!
So here is what I have to say:
The Silence of Muslims on the issue of Kashmir is just pathetic. There are Human beings dying there, living under occupation for 63 years. How come Continue reading
State of Jammu and Kashmir
Below is the article on the recent Freedom Movement in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
By Mehdi Siddique
Before I begin to unveil something, I must tell you who I am so that while you go through this note you won’t fell to doubts and suspicions.
I am Mehdi Siddique, a kashmiri like all of you, someone who is reeling under oppression, undergoing through a terrible state of mind, confused and depressed like all of you. I am a commoner, I just started writing (intensively) after June,11 this year. I don’t have any other means to tell the world that ‘I want the culprits who martyred my innocent brother Tufail Matto (and the 108 that followed) to justice’, but through my writing, so I write, I want those who plunged the honor and dignity of my mothers and sisters leave my land, I want to live free. I want my brothers and sisters to live without any fear and oppression. I dream of an independent Kashmir. I want the oppressors to leave those who brutally killed nearly 100 thousand Kashmiris, those who laid their hand on the dignity of over 9000 of my mothers and sisters, those who continue to crush us and those who will Continue reading
By Umer Sultan
The National Public Radio (NPR news) ran a program on the Talk of the Nation about the Results of the Simulated Israeli Strike on Iran by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (SCMEP), studied by Kenneth Pollack.
The official details of the simulation can be read here. The NPR program can be listen/ read here.
In brief there were 3 players of the simulation–America, Israel & Iran. The SCMEP had the players reflecting the currect policies of the US and Israeli governments. The simulation time was 8 days, in which Israel attacked the Nuclear facility of Iran without asking or notifying the United States in advance. After the attacks, the US was told by the Israel that this favor has been done by Israel and that US should help Israel in regards to this. The United States was first angry and then tried to keep Israel aside from the scene and tried to control the situation from getting any worse.
Iran, on the other hand, responded by attacking Israel, while Israel started getting hit my rockets from Lebanon and Gaza. Israel had to send a major land military offensive in order to invade Lebanon and Gaza to stop the rockets. By the end of the simulation (8th day) Iran was mining the Straight of Hormuz, Israel was in the middle of the major land offensive, Saudi Arabia got hit by Iran as well (they didn’t believe that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this), Syria was supporting Iran but didn’t know what to do of this sudden nuclear exchange…
Pakistan left out:
A Kashmiri woman cries during a funeral of Wamik Farooq in Srinagar February 1, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN- ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)