History is often reflected wrongly, written by those who seek to distort the truth or those who do not have all the facts to hand. However, eventually the truth prevails and then history must be rewritten, so that the world and future generations learn the truth and correct their misperceptions.
This is especially important for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the youth of the region – Kashmir has been mired in disinformation and deception campaigns by Pakistan for decades, and now the youth need to know the truth to be empowered to follow their own destinies and have an enhanced standard of living.
Pakistan observes 26 October every year as a “Black Day”. It recognises the date on which a horrific eight month war was fought in Kashmir in 1947-48. Thousands of lives were lost including those of Pakistani militants, military and the tribesman supporting the army. Pakistan remembers these losses, as well as it’s significant failures, with great pain on its Black Day as it reflects on its invasion of Kashmir on October 22, 1947.
Pakistan does not mourn, nor remember the thousands of innocent lives taken during their ethnic cleansing persecution adopted during that invasion of Kashmir, where in one town alone, Baramula, 14,000 Kashmiri Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were slaughtered. Citizens of Pakistan do not deplore the rape of Kashmiri women and girls, nor the horrors and atrocities inflicted by the Pakistani military and its tribesman on innocent Kashmiri citizens. And Pakistanis do not regret the illegal activities of their government or military at the time, nor the nihilism they imposed in Kashmir. Pakistan is a country which laments only its failures.
It was in fact a former Pakistani Army General, who has disclosed the truth to the world. Major General, Akbar Khan, published a book in which he documented in detail each critical step of an invasion strategy, implemented by the Pakistan military under the direction of Pakistan’s political leaders. He described the desperation and machinations of the Pakistani political establishment to obtain, by any means, the region of Kashmir. Akbar Khan confirms how intimidation and threats of the Pakistan regime forced the ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, to be left with no option but to ask for protection and support from the Indian government – This request then led to the accession of Kashmir to become a part of India under the internationally recognised agreement, The Instrument of Accession, which was accepted under the provisions of the Indian Independence Act 1947.
The planning and execution of the invasion of Kashmir and the role of Pakistan as the aggressor in this conflict is well documented. The sinister designs of the Pakistani politicians and army inflicting violence, anarchy and fear on Kashmir, its Head of State and its citizens remain undisputed.
Under directions of the political leadership, Pakistan’s military invaded and illegally occupied Kashmir and dethroned ruler Hari Singh in order to annex Kashmir. The move was part of its grand design to enhance its power, territory and influence in the region – Pakistan’s political leadership and Pakistan’s military failed.
The ‘Jammu and Kashmir issue’ is one that has been perpetrated and propagated by Pakistan for its own gains, and the international community must recognise the aggression, senseless violence and violation of human rights by Pakistan in this respect. Pakistan must be held accountable for the thousands of deaths, as well as the on going turmoil inflicted on the people of Kashmir. I stand by the people of Kashmir and laud their resolve to oppose the relentless Pakistan sponsored terrorism in the region.