Hindu zealots executing cultural aggression
ISLAMABAD—All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has said that communal forces of India backed by Sangh Parivar are hell-bent upon executing cultural aggression in Indian Held Kashmir.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, on Thursday, reacting to the announcement made by a Delhi-based group, Abhinavgupta Sheshadri Samiti, to organize a new yatra to a cave in Beerwah. He termed the move as a well-hatched conspiracy against communal harmony in the territory.
The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in its statement said that anti-Kashmir policies of India were wrought with alarming consequences and intended at harming the collective interests of the people of Kashmir. On the other hand, top Hurriyet leadership after a joint consultation meeting in Srinagar appealed to all imams and khatibs to sensitize masses against the anti-Kashmiri agenda being advanced by RSSbacked Indian government and its local collaborators.—APP road to the village, high schools for boys and girls, a hospital, veterinary clinic and hooked up the village to receive the water supply. But the projects were left halfway after Musharraf lost power.
On the instance of Manmohan Singh, an Indian organization, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), set up two power micro-grids in Chak 313 village of Pakistan’s Sahiwal district as part of the initiative to light it up. It was part of its ‘Lighting a Million Lives’ campaign, which has provided electricity to over 3,80,000 households in rural India.
“We are essentially providing technical support to boost energy security in Gah. We have connected several houses through smart grids and have set up 51 solar-based domestic lighting systems in the village since 2006. TERI has also installed 16 solar street lighting systems and solar heaters in all the three mosques of the village,” an official of TERI was quoted by newspapers in 2012. The initiatives taken by both governments have brought a change in the lives of Gah villagers.
India and Pakistan may continue to harbour acrimonious relations but the stories to emotional bonding that emanate from places such as Jati Umra and Gah are surely inspiring and isolate those government policies that only work in dividing the people.
These two villages have been lucky to have connections with prime ministers but there might be many more where ordinary citizens would long for visiting their birthplaces and contribute in their development. Though they share the culture and the language yet they are far away as the barbed wires and concrete walls demarcate them on the basis of their religion. —Courtesy: Rising Kashmir