We are Kashmiri, we are craving for peace and looking for someone to talk to and solve this issue once forever.
Ceasefire means a temporary suspension of fighting, an agreed end to hostilities for a specific purpose. On 16th May 2018, the Central Government agreed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s proposal for the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Announcing conditional internal ceasefire, the Ministry of Home Affairs asked the security forces not to
launch operations against militants during this holy month.
The Ministry said that the decision was taken to help the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir to observe the holy month of Ramzan in a peaceful environment. According to a statement by the Army Chief Bipan Rawat, he says, ”we want the people of Jammu and Kashmir to
understand the value of peace”. He urged families of local militants to take advantage of Ramzan ceasefire by persuading their sons to leave the path of violence.
This is not the first time when the central Govt. has announced a ceasefire in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In November 2003 India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire and it was considered very significant because it was the first time in several years when both the rivals had not dismissed an offer made by another.
But India and Pakistan are still far away from a breakthrough on Kashmir issue than they were in 2003. This time around, it’s very different and conditional as compared to the ceasefire announced in 2003. Indian Army played its role by agreeing to a ceasefire and the other agencies and security forces are also doing their best to maintain the law and order in the valley.
Unfortunately, since 17 May, after a cease-fire was announced, militants have carried out 14 grenade attacks on the security forces, several civilians and security forces have been injured in these attacks. About 15 people have been killed including 8 militants along LOC. Also, several Kashmiri youth died and hundreds of protesters were injured during the clashes with the security forces across the Kashmir Valley.
These attacks bring us to a realization that we are misunderstanding the Kashmir issue. We must work out a new solution which will help in solving. Just by sitting in New Delhi and releasing statements that the Mission all out is in its last stage and soon Kashmir will be free of militancy does not solve this matter in reality.
Being a Kashmiri, I’m surprised as to how the Govt. is fooling the nation by playing a religious card of ceasefire for the month of Ramzan, in solving Kashmir issue. I would like to tell them that, just by announcing a ceasefire doesn’t stop the protests nor killings in Kashmir, and literally, it wouldn’t reduce the number of youth joining the militancy.
I would like to reiterate that we, do not want a temporary peace policy for Kashmir. The ceasefire is just for a month or maybe two and what’s the Govt’s plan after that? Will the valley of Kashmir continue to be soaked with the blood of both the Kashmiris and the security personal?! Do the mothers of this land have to continue to grieve the loss of their beloved ones in the name of freedom or protection?
The Lawmakers need to do much more than just issuing empty statements. The main problem with Kashmir issue is that when the leaders are expected to play their role, they don’t and they only remember it when the things get worse in Kashmir. I fail to understand why this is so difficult for our politicians to solve the Kashmir issue despite the fact that India has the world’s fast-growing economy, largest youth population and the most important of all, that India has the world’s third-largest Army.
If it’s not on the top of their agenda to bring peace and stability to the valley, then they will never be able to take this country forward nor do they deserve head this mighty Nation!
(The author is a student at The Institute Of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi.
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