Since 1947, Kashmir has been an extremely delicate topic for both Pakistanis and Indians. The entire region has been the foreground for violence between the two nations, both trying to gain independence from the other. Because of the animosity, multiple attacks take place every day on the innocent lives that currently live there.
The Pulwama suicide attack that happened in Indian-occupied Kashmir yesterday took more than 40 Indian soldiers’ lives and naturally they decided to blame Pakistan for the incident
India doesn't need a surgical strike again. Respond with a surgical war.
* Scrap Articles 370 and 35A
* Bleed Pakistan internally till it breaks further
* Withhold as much river water as treaty allows
* Bring crippling sanctions so Pak sells itself more to China#CRPF #Pulwama
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) February 14, 2019
However, the former Chief Minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, in an interview with an Indian journalist explicitly said that “Pakistan is not to be blamed.”
The attack, that took place in Pulwama, Kashmir killing 40 people, was called the ‘worst attack in Kashmir in 30 years.” However, the interaction between Abdullah and the journalist was a significant moment. Though Farooq was not defending Pakistan and vigorously denied allegations of him ‘backing Pakistan,’ he did state that this attack was not to be blamed on Pakistan.
It started by the journalist asking Farooq Pakistan’s role in the attack, quite obviously putting the blame on our nation’s forces. Farooq, in turn, questioned the journalist if she had even spoken to the people in the actual area, saying that this attack was by the hands of locals in the area. Because of this, the journalist immediately starting asking Farooq if he was on Pakistan’s side. This obviously must have hit a nerve, because, at this point, Farooq got up from the interview and left.
Though his intention may have not been to defend Pakistan, he still stated that Pakistan was not the source of blame, which was a big deal.
And people all over Twitter seem to agree.
This is an incredible exchange between Farooq Abdullah—long reviled in Pakistan as a stooge for New Delhi’s occupation of Kashmir—and an Indian journalist.
Seems strange that even Abdullah is being demonized by the reporter here.
India has a domestic leadership crisis. pic.twitter.com/nAJ5DdWVb6
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) February 15, 2019
This is extraordinary.
Farooq Abdullah, an old Indian army stooge imposed on Occupied Kashmir, admits that the current Kashmir uprising is indigenous and instead of blaming Pakistan, India look inwards.#PulwamaAttack #Pulwama pic.twitter.com/60TuzVqRAc
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) February 15, 2019
Don’t blame Pakistan for terror attack in Pulwama district, Kashmiri youth hate India on their free will, says Farooq Abdullah pic.twitter.com/wfG2BE25Dx
— Rahim Hanzala ❤ (@LewanayRahim) February 14, 2019
They are taking responsibility for shohrut ,it is local Kasmirees who are tired of indian Army brutalities ,muslims fear talikng about then Farooq Abdullah taken risk saying dont blame Pakistan ,he called for dialogue ,UNO must intervene and call for self determination
— Ahmad Zahir Khan (@ziki36) February 14, 2019
“Don’t blame only Pakistan because local people are joining Kashmiri militants gun is not the solution talk to them”ex CM of J & K Farooq Abdullah tried to share the ground reality with ABP reporter but she was determined to blame Pakistan and finally Farooq Abdullah walked out
— Rana Muhammad Saad❤ (@saadnasir117) February 15, 2019
Time and again some people have pointed out that it’s not just one country’s responsibility to resolve the Kashmir conflict but patriotic rage on both sides is senseless. Countless lives will continue to be lost as long as the governments don’t realize that this matter can only be resolved through dialogue, like Mr. Abdullah said.
Have you seen the interview? Here is the clip
— Tariq Mahmood (@chaudharytariq7) February 15, 2019
Though this is hardly a peace treaty, at least it is a step forward in any kind of negotiation with regards to peace in Kashmir for both Indians and Pakistans.
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