Kash­miris just strug­gle

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WHY in­cum­bent Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union/ Chris­tian Social Union ( CDU/ CSU) could not se­cure the pre­dicted- cum- pro­jected seats in the Ger­man Par­lia­ment? How the Social Demo­cratic Party’s Martin Schulz failed to win the pop­u­lar vote? Why and how Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many ( AfD) – a right­ist- na­tion­al­ist party un­ex­pect­edly won 94 seats in the Ger­man Fed­eral Elec­tions of Septem­ber 2017? The re­sults af­ter the elec­tions are per­haps as­ton­ish­ing for many po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors since AfD has casted a sur­prise dent in the pop­u­lar­ity of An­gela Merkel and her party CDU/ CSU. Con­se­quently, the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal land­scape of Ger­many is wit­ness­ing a con­stant uncertainty, am­bi­gu­ity and tur­moil.

Al­ter­na­tive für Deutsch­land ( AfD) or Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many is a far- right po­lit­i­cal party in Ger­many that is per­haps in its de­vel­op­men­tal or in­fancy stage – since it got es­tab­lished in 2013. Osten­si­bly, the vir­u­lent but strong anti- im­mi­grant rhetoric of AfD at­tracted many vot­ers all around Ger­many and the elec­toral re­sults made it clear that its nar­ra­tive has vi­able space in a lib­eral demo­cratic Ger­many. AfD emerged as the third largest po­lit­i­cal party in Ger­man Par­lia­ment in af­ter­math of the Septem­ber 2017 Elec­tions. One has to ap­pre­ci­ate and be thank­ful for the moral­is­tic stance and open­mind­ed­ness of Chan­cel­lor Merkel par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing the in­flux of im­mi­grants – how­ever, it re­mains un­cer­tain that for how much long will she keep re­sist­ing the na­tional, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional pres­sure?

AfD’s rhetoric though sounds a bit harsh but it has a strong sup­port among the masses. None­the­less, its lead­ers have to re­al­ize that Ger­many is a his­toric great power and they just can­not close their borders for im­mi­grants and refugees. In­stead, Ger­many needs a pol­icy for polic­ing and reg­is­ter­ing these mi­grants – to ul­ti­mately send them back to their na­tive coun­tries once peace or per­haps rel­a­tive peace is achieved. Sim­ply speak­ing against Mus­lims or im­mi­grants would lead to­wards a bit­ter hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment.

On the other hand Mus­lims and other im­mi­grants should also re­spect and whole­heart­edly ob­serve the Ger­man law, cul­ture, his­tory, tra­di­tions, val­ues and norms – while should also con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to­wards the devel­op­ment and security of Ger­many – since it was Ger­many that gave them a refuge in the first place. A lot of in­ci­dents took place where im­mi­grants did de­plorable and un­ac­cept­able acts against Ger­man ci­ti­zens – which ac­tu­ally became fuel for the fire. Mus­lims are not en­e­mies of Ger­many – since dur­ing both World Wars they re­mained a loyal ally of Ger­many. Sim­i­larly, many Ger­man Mus­lims are serv­ing Ger­many in­clud­ing its of­fi­cial foot­ball team.

It is a hard and bit­ter truth that Ger­many is still fight­ing for its sep­a­rate iden­tity not only in Europe but in the world. It would not be wrong to say that af­ter its uni­fi­ca­tion in 1871 un­der the lead­er­ship of Chan­cel­lor Otto von Bis­marck – many of Ger­many’s so- called friends re­mained busy to harm Ger­many in one way or the other. It is in­ter­est­ing that ex­actly 100 years ago Ger­man na­tion was fight­ing a war for its iden­tity and sur­vival – and now again Ger­many is fac­ing a war – Ger­many’s en­e­mies are the same, their strat­egy is the same; nev­er­the­less, this time the tac­tics are dif­fer­ent.

Why don’t we learn from his­tory? The rise of Adolf Hitler and The Na­tional So­cial­ist Ger­man Work­ers Party ( NSDAP) in Weimar Ger­many was a direct re­sult of the cruel Treaty of Ver­sailles – con­cluded at the end of the First World War. The cru­elty of the Treaty of Ver­sailles can be imag­ined by this very fact that it contained 440 clauses and 414 of them were fo­cused to pun­ish Ger­many. It lost 14 per­cent of its ter­ri­tory with 7 mil­lion of its pop­u­la­tion and had to ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the out­break of war. Had the Al­lies acted in an am­i­ca­ble man­ner with the Cen­tral Pow­ers – Hitler, his ide­o­log­i­cal sup­port­ers and his vengeance and re­venge driven war­rior Gen­er­als would not have started the Sec­ond World War that ul­ti­mately con­sumed the lives of 60 mil­lion peo­ple. The Mus­lim Ot­toman Em­pire also suf­fered cat­a­stroph­i­cally along­side Ger­many by the im­posed Treaty of Sevres in Au­gust 1920.

The rise of the right is a cyclic phe­nom­e­non – some ar­gue it hap­pens ev­ery 100 years or so. The rise of the right in Ger­many is a direct re­sult of the wars which were started by Amer­ica and the United King­dom. Now, Ger­many and many Euro­pean na­tions while up­hold­ing moral and lib­eral val­ues – are pay­ing the ul­ti­mate price of those wars. The resur­gence of the right in Ger­many is due to many rea­sons. Al­ter­na­tive für Deutsch­land ( AfD) and its lead­ers have to look that why Ger­many is still un­der the il­le­gal Al­lied oc­cu­pa­tion? Why no for­mal peace treaty with Ger­many af­ter the Sec­ond World War has ever been signed? And last but not the least – Why Ger­many is un­der the con­tin­u­ous bat­ter of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump? — The writer is free­lance colum­nist based in Islamabad. The peo­ple in In­dian- occupied Jammu & Kash­mir are con­tin­u­ing their just, un­armed, indige­nous strug­gle for se­cur­ing their birth right of self- de­ter­mi­na­tion in ac­cor­dance with UN Security Council res­o­lu­tions in the face of per­sis­tent In­dian oc­cu­pa­tion forces bru­tal­i­ties and atroc­i­ties on Kash­miri men, women and chil­dren.

Pak­istan has all along been ex­tend­ing moral, po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic sup­port to the Kash­miris in their strug­gle for se­cur­ing the right of self- de­ter­mi­na­tion. Kash­mir Sol­i­dar­ity Day is ob­served ev­ery year on Fe­bru­ary 5 to re­it­er­ate the sup­port to the peo­ple of occupied Kash­mir in their indige­nous and just strug­gle and also to draw the world at­ten­tion to­wards In­dian oc­cu­pa­tion forces con­tin­ued bru­tal­i­ties and atroc­i­ties on un­armed Kash­miri men, women and chil­dren and re­mind­ing the world body about non- implementation of its decades old res­o­lu­tions and also ask­ing In­dian gov­ern­ment to hon­our its com­mit­ment made on the Security Council floor to give the Kash­miris the right to de­cide their fu­ture them­selves un­der the aus­pices of the United Na­tions.

Kash­miris are with­stand­ing bru­tal­i­ties and op­pres­sive use of force by oc­cu­py­ing In­dian security forces of­fer­ing great sac­ri­fices in their un­armed and indige­nous strug­gle for se­cur­ing the right of self- de­ter­mi­na­tion con­stantly re­mind­ing the world hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions to ex­ert their pres­sure on the In­dian gov­ern­ment to give their right as promised by UN Security Council. It is a mat­ter of great con­cern as well as re­gret that even the so- called world’s great­est hu­man rights cham­pion – USA - is wit­ness­ing all what is go­ing on in In­dian occupied Kash­mir crim­i­nally and silently in­stead of ex­ert­ing pres­sure on New Delhi to hon­our its in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions and im­ple­ment its own com­mit­ment made decades back on the floor of the UN Security Council.

Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Pak­istan are once again ob­serv­ing Kash­mir Sol­i­dar­ity Day on Fe­bru­ary 5 to re­it­er­ate con­tin­ued sup­port to the Kash­miris in their just strug­gle and to re­mind­ing the UN to im­ple­ment its own lin­ger­ing unim­ple­mented res­o­lu­tions as Kash­mir dis­pute so­lu­tion is key to durable peace and security in the re­gion. M MURTAZA La­hore

It is in­ter­est­ing that ex­actly 100 years ago Ger­man na­tion was fight­ing a war for its iden­tity and sur­vival – and now again Ger­many is fac­ing a war – Ger­many’s en­e­mies are the same, their strat­egy is the same; nev­er­the­less, this time the tac­tics are dif­fer­ent.

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