Trans­for­ma­tional At­ti­tude of Youths from Kash­mir against Ter­ror­ism

By Mo­ham­mad Azeemul­lah (AMU Alum­nus & Lec­turer at Univer­sity of Al-as­mariya, Libya)

Libertatem Magazine - - Contents - by Mo­ham­mad Azeemul­lah

For long we have known Kash­miris as sep­a­ratists, ter­ror­ists, stone-pel­ters and so on. The me­dia too had sweep­ing judge­ment about peo­ple of Kash­mir in the same vein. To a rea­son­able ex­tent, our ap­pre­hen­sive at­ti­tude to­ward them seemed gen­uine as bod­ies of our sol­diers grew in num­ber un­der at­tack by ter­ror­ists and stone-pel­ters con­tin­ued to march streets with en­emy’s flag. How­ever, the re­cent sac­ri­fice by a young army of­fi­cer, Umar Fayyaz, from Kash­mir de­mol­ishes the long-held neg­a­tive no­tion the na­tion had about peo­ple of Kash­mir. His cold-blooded mur­der by mil­i­tants re­verses the an­tipa­thy of col­lec­tive psy­che in mind and rekin­dles the light of hope that all Kash­miris do not be­long to the same flock. Lieu­tenant Umar Fayaz who was kid­napped and killed by sus­pected mil­i­tants re­minds us of many oth­ers like him who stood up to the men­ace of ter­ror­ism and laid down their lives for a greater cause. More elo­quently, the tragedy is not the only of its kind in which a Kash­miri youth has of­fered his life for the sake of the na­tion. In 2015, 37-year-old, Mo­ham­mad Altaf Dar, a sub-in­spec­tor, was killed in Bandi­pore shootout. He had re­ceived a tip-off that Lashkar-e-toiba (LET) com­man­der Abu Qasim, would be meet­ing a group of mil­i­tants in Bandi­pore. Altaf Dar and a few po­lice of­fi­cers were in a pri­vate car, pur­su­ing a ve­hi­cle in which they be­lieved Qasim and his as­so­ciates were trav­el­ling. When they tried to in­ter­cept the ve­hi­cle, the mil­i­tants fired at them. Dar was hit in the neck and ab­domen. The in­jured of­fi­cer who later suc­cumbed to in­juries had played a key role in counter-in­sur­gency. (Oc­to­ber 08, 2015, In­dian Ex­press) Un­de­ni­ably, the cause for Kash­mir can never be fought bet­ter than the Kash­miris by them­selves. The sta­bil­ity in Kash­mir can never be at­tained un­less com­mon men and women re­ject vi­o­lence and de­nounce ter­ror­ism as an­ti­thet­i­cal to the spirit of civ­i­lized liv­ing. Se­cu­rity in­duces pros­per­ity, and in turn dy­namic foun­da­tion of so­ci­ety is made. It is this de­sire of breath­ing in peace and har­mony that has led thou­sands of youths in Kash­mir to come for­ward to join army in re­cent times. ‘Nearly 19,000 Kash­miri youth have ap­plied for re­cruit­ment in the In­dian army, a devel­op­ment that as­sumes ma­jor sig­nif­i­cance as the sep­a­ratists have been ask­ing the peo­ple of the Val­ley to op­pose the force.’ (Apr 04, 2017, The

Hin­dus­tan Times) The peo­ple in the trou­bled state must un­der­stand the fact that vi­o­lence never wins. It is de­feat­ing them ev­ery day. One should not for­get that ev­ery wicked ac­tion leads to the wrath and dis­plea­sure of God. Sep­a­ratism holds no fu­ture for Kash­mir and its youths. Those who have gone astray are fight­ing a lost bat­tle and ru­in­ing the lives of their own fam­i­lies as well as mil­lions of oth­ers. The unholy strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence of Kash­mir from In­dia based on re­li­gious iden­tity grants no ‘free­dom’ in true sense of the mean­ing of the word. In­dia is home to largest pop­u­la­tion of Mus­lims and of­fers a safe haven for them com­pared to their re­li­gious coun­ter­parts in other coun­tries of the Mus­lim world. The fate of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, So­ma­lia, Ye­men should be an eye-opener to the youths in Kash­mir. The con­tem­po­rary his­tory of Mus­lim world is re­plete with ha­tred and blood. Bluntly, Mus­lims are en­emy of Mus­lims in those coun­tries spilling blood of their own re­li­gious fel­low be­ings. Thou­sands have been maimed and killed. The vi­o­lence con­tin­ues un­abated with­out any sign of hope and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Trag­i­cally, peace re­mains a dis­tant dream in the Mid­dle East­ern re­gion. Ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity is a mess with var­i­ous sec­tar­ian groups fight­ing for supremacy. If at all strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence is to be made in Kash­mir, let it be for the cause of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and cor­rup­tion. Let Fayaz’s sac­ri­fice be an in­spi­ra­tional force in com­bat­ing all sorts of so­cial evil that in­fects the ev­ery­day stren­u­ous lives of peo­ple in Kash­mir. The young of­fi­cer’s mar­tyr­dom ex­presses trans­for­ma­tional at­ti­tude of youths from Kash­mir and re­it­er­ates the na­tion’s com­mit­ment to elim­i­nate ter­ror­ism from the val­ley.

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