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Since 1990, Pakistani entities have been observing the 5th February as “Youm-e-YakJehti-e-Kashmir” or Kashmir Solidarity Day……..
What is the “Kashmir Solidarity Day”?
February 5 is an occasion which should be observed as a day when cross-border terrorism and Pakistan-backed violent civilian killings began in the valley of Kashmir. But to an utter surprise, every year it is inaptly celebrated in Pakistan as something mischievously called “Kashmir Solidarity Day”, though globally there are no buyers of this sell-out narrative except for an extremist fringe in South Asia.
As for the Islamic Ummah, the two Arab and non-Arab Muslim blocks are not muttahid or unanimous on the dividing Pak agenda on the Kashmir issue. Unabashedly now, Pakistan is playing the blame game, shifting its diplomatic failure to the OIC—Organization of Islamic Cooperation—for not being ‘that much critical’ of India on the Kashmir issue. Having attained no visible support from the Gulf countries on its Kashmir rhetoric, Pak politicians have developed a feeling that they have been wronged by the Saudi-UAE consolidation in the OIC, with no special session on the Kashmir issue. Pakistani politician and Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif went to the extent of floating this pitch: “The 57-nation bloc should be named a “dead horse” when it comes to Kashmir.”
An opposition party leader saying all this is not just a political gimmick. It reeks of the diplomatic failure of Pakistan in pursuing its post-Article 37 abrogation agenda which won only three allies internationally— China, Turkey and Malaysia. Rest of the world is not worried about India’s Kashmir move at the United Nations.
Left in the lurch on international forums including the OIC, Pakistani establishment is hell-bent, as usual, on spearheading its domestic extremist-Islamist groups and radical organizations on the occasion which it falsely calls “Kashmir Solidarity Day”—interchangeably known in Urdu as “Yaum-e-YakJahti-e-Kashmir”. But this time, the notorious religio-political group of violent ‘blasphemy believers’—Tehrik e Labbaik Ya Rasullah founded by the recently dead Maulana Khadim Hussain Razwi and its ilk including the Tehrik-e-Sirat-e-Mustaqeem. They held an executive committee meeting on 24 Jan to observe the 5th February with more fervor as “Kashmir Solidarity Day” and on this occasion they planned to organize workshops, webinars, child quiz contests, sit-ins, large rallies and drawings.
What is more surprising than observing the 5th February as “Kashmir Solidarity Day” is the convergence between the hardcore Sunnis in Pakistan and the Shia clerics in this slated gathering. Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali, the chairman of Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool-Allah’s political wing Tehreek Labbaik Islam brought together some of the Pakistani Shia ulema including Allama Farman Haidari, Allama Haneef Hussaini along with Mufti Mujaddidi, Dr. Asif Bilali and other Sunni chieftains of different localities in Lahore and Karachi. Dr. Jalali tried to mobilize both the Sunni and Shia clergymen in this meeting with this rant: “India is advancing ahead on the Mahabharata agenda following in the footsteps of Greater Israel”…..Now only sword is the solution for the Kashmir issue”.
Such an emboldened ranting and blubbering shows that in the disguise of local extremist clerics, the establishment of Pakistan is venting out its frustration and anger. The malaise is that since 1990, Pakistani entities have been observing the 5th February as “Youm-e-YakJehti-e-Kashmir” or Kashmir Solidarity Day. Scores of gatherings, sit-ins, conferences, protests and even strongly-worded resolutions have since been showcased in international media and platforms. But internationally neither do they hold any water nor they have any effect on the ground locally. Even a layman in Pakistan is fully aware of the fact that the 1965 assertion of Ayub Khan has conveyed. Across the borders, the people in Kashmiri are also awake now. They do understand that Pakistan would never again risk 100 million Pakistanis for five million Kashmiris.Then, what purpose will the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” serve for people in Pakistan? For a typical Pakistani, February 5 should be observed for what it is—A Holiday in the middle of the week! A day bombarded with “free Kashmir” messages after sleeping late night and waking up to lunch hours, and then going shopping for the new “Kashmir Day Sales”!!!
So, what if you didn’t get the valley of Kashmir ‘freed’? You have at least a holiday full of ‘Kashmiri feel’ as if you are roaming around ‘freely’ in the paradise of Kashmir!