In­dian troops mar­tyr two Kash­miri youth in Kup­wara

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, In­dian troops in their fresh act of state ter­ror­ism mar­tyred two Kash­miri youth in Kup­wara dis­trict, to­day.

The troops killed the youth dur­ing a vi­o­lent mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion near Tangdhar in dis­trict. Ear­lier, one In­dian soldier was re­port­edly in­jured in an at­tack in the same area.

A top po­lice of­fi­cial claimed that the mar­tyred youth were mil­i­tants and were killed in an en­counter with In­dian troops. The op­er­a­tion con­tin­ued till re­ports last came in.—KMS

SHUJAAT BUKHARI OR the last few months pal­pa­ble anger has been pre cip­i­tat­ing in Kash­mir and that de­fines a new phase of insecurity that has gripped peo­ple’s minds. It has come with the slew of as­ser­tions about set­ting up some­thing new in Kash­mir – from sep­a­rate town­ships for Kash­miri Pan­dits to Sainik Colonies to pro­vi­sions for non-lo­cals in new In­dus­trial pol­icy to spa­ces be­ing cre­ated for those not in pos­ses­sions of hous­ing facilities. This has led to a new churn­ing in a place which has been grap­pling with so many chal­lenges in past 26 years. The ‘colony’ has be­come a buzz­word in the new dis­course that is be­ing shaped mainly by sep­a­ratists, who were in dis­ar­ray and have re­grouped un­der a new but un­named ban­ner. Whoso­ever is be­hind th­ese “new plans” in Delhi has given them a rea­son to get united. But at the same time, it is in­ter­est­ing to note that now the sep­a­ratists are fight­ing to pro­tect Ar­ti­cle 370 and re­sist­ing the moves that they be­lieve are aimed at chang­ing the de­mog­ra­phy of Jammu and Kash­mir.

This state of insecurity in Kash­mir has been an in­alien­able part of its political psy­che since 1947. The per­ceived threat to change the political and so­cial sta­tus has loomed large all through the pe­riod of nearly seven decades and that has re­sulted in the cur­rent, rather long, phase of strife in the state be­gin­ning in 1990.

His­tory is re­plete with sto­ries of de­cep­tion and the grad­ual erosion of the spe­cial sta­tus that promised a unique sta­tus to the state. The let­down, ob­served with con­tempt, imbed­ded the seeds of dis­con­tent that led to acute disil­lu­sion­ment with Congress be­ing the main player to leave be­hind a legacy that never could throw up a so­lu­tion. Con­tin­u­ous ef­forts by Congress to en­sure state’s com­plete in­te­gra­tion at its own will and con­di­tions de­fied the con­cept of larger fed­er­a­tion that would ac­com­mo­date di­ver­gent views and re­spect peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions. They even adopted dou­ble stan­dards in treat­ing Kash­mir and Tamil Nadu as sub-na­tional iden­ti­ties. Thrust­ing gov­ern­ments of its choice and dis­re­spect­ing the in­sti­tu­tions of democ­racy in the state be­came the hall­mark of its poli­cies vis-a-vis Jammu and Kash­mir. Right

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