Over 40 people have been killed in the protests that have followed the killing of militant Burhan Wani in Kashmir. Another 350 people are estimated to have suffered injuries from the non-lethal pellet guns that have been used by security forces to quell protests. And a Pakistan-based group is adding fuel to the already raging fire in Kashmir.
Pakistan-based welfare society ‘Never Forget Pakistan’ has posted a series of photo-shopped pictures of celebrities with pellets and bullet wounds raising the issue of Kashmir violence with a strong message for everyone.
The post says, “The stories in the letters are real. The names signed under the letter are real. Just the victim you see in the picture is not real.”
It has photos of Indian celebrities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and even some like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg:
There is a certain validity to it. Indian forces have been accused of indiscriminately and wrongly using pellet guns to shut down the protests. There are over 300 people who have suffered varying degrees of injuries due to the weapon.
But the problem lies in the source of these photos. That a Pakistani group should think it important to educate Indians about humanity is a bit rich.
Let’s not forget this is the same nation that has attempted to get more protesters in the streets by claiming the day the Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed should be observed as a black day and is seeking a probe into his killing at no less than the UN itself.
This is the same nation that has allowed multiple terror groups from within its borders to train youngsters and send them off on terror missions back in their homeland. Despite the protests and everything that has followed, there has been no end to attempts at infiltrating India’s borders.
This is the same nation that didn’t think twice before attacking India in 1999 at Kargil or even attacking Kashmir way back in 1948. They clearly covet Kashmir and that was made evident in a recent speech by Pakistan PM Nawaz Shariff when he said: “The day is not far when Jammu and Kashmir will become Pakistan. No one can stop freedom movement in occupied Kashmir.”
This is the same nation that rejects every peace attempt made by India — peace that would help the situation in the valley as well. The many attempts made by Indian premiers have fallen on the deaf ears of the Pakistan Army which see strife in Kashmir as a way of maintaining their status in the country.
Pakistan can’t claim to be sticking to higher ideals when it comes to human rights itself. It stands accused of being unable to enforce the human rights of people in the restive Balochistan region, the military is accused of having a free hand to muzzle anyone it deems fit. And in those cases, there’s no attempt to use non-lethal means.
So while Indians should contemplate and question the actions of security forces in the state and the failure of a political solution to the state’s woes, the sermons on humanity from Pakistan can safely be thrown in the dustbin.