Nationalist: a person with strong patriotic feelings, especially one who believes in the superiority of their country over others.
Pakistan is the greatest supporter of the Kashmiris struggle for independence. A fact known to enemies and friends. But sometimes trolls high on nationalism forget that it’s the people in Kashmir who are fighting for their freedom not the other way around.
Disclaimer:Before you read any further, by Pak-nationalist troll, i don’t mean Pakistanis in general just a specific breed of people who are found in Pakistan, Kashmir and elsewhere on the internet. Extreme level of Jazbaati, like wiping India-Israel of map Jazbaati.
A Pak-nationalist troll is better than a bigoted Indian-nationalist. Saner, argumentative but like Indian-nationalist prodding on the invisible sainthood of its country.
Unlike many Pakistanis that I know or have interacted who support the will of Kashmiris to decide their own political future including independence, a Pak-nationalist troll will force Kashmir banega Pakistan down your throat. It is as if they are raising Pak flag in Srinagar. Similar to how Indians react to Kashmiris speaking about a political future by calling them ‘Pakistanis’ or a usual Islamophobic dirt.
The problem with Pak-Ind nationalist trolls is how they subtract Kashmiris when they speak of Kashmir. It’s as if Kashmir exists without its people or the people don’t have tongues.
Kashmiris generally don’t like to be dictated by anyone. If they support Pakistan, they are Pakistanis by their conviction not through agenda pushed down their throat.
In 1947, when India invaded Kashmir and pursued to invade Pakistan. It met a stiff resistance from Kashmiri fighters who were first fighting the Dogra troops and now were leading a front against the Indian Army. It should be noted that Kashmiri fighters were ill-equipped volunteers spearheaded by the courageous Sardar Ibrahim Khan who commanded 50,000 volunteers and Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan who created the first battalion front against Dogras.
Kashmir fighters held their ground and keeping the Indian army at bay from crossing over to what became Azad Kashmir. If it weren’t for Kashmir fighters, the Indian Army would’ve pursued into Pakistan.
Anyway, that’s a history lesson not taught in the state narrative or romanticised versions of brutal wars.
There’s misrepresentation of Kashmir and its people which is promoted by vested interests that finds its way among the masses. Once i was playing cricket in the university and one such man from the tribe started generalising Kashmiris as spies and traitors. Well, it’s true that there are swarms of spies and traitors in Kashmir which is true to any nation in the world but one doesn’t paint the entire people as such. This is very offensive and demeaning to any people. It’s repulsive and obnoxious especially when you’re a witness to an ongoing genocide back home.
Another instance is Gilgit-Baltistan.
Pre Dogra regime, GB had cordial relations with Kashmir throughout history. Dogra invasions in GB created an artificial state of Jammu and Kashmir. GB was later part of the British mandate when during partition of 1947, a coup de etat overthrew the Dogra rule and pursued accession to Pakistan. But unfortunately due to them being part of the Jammu Kashmir territories it became a part of the world famous Kashmir dispute.
People of GB either seek complete provincial status in Pakistan or greater self rule given the realities of its status in international law. It’s the right of the people in GB to seek referendum to determine their status. But their right to self determination is attached to all of J&K. If GB is made a province, it will be beneficial for them but might result in terrible consequences for the Kashmir dispute. Yes, damn Nehru and the damn the United Nations.
So if a person from J&K hashtags Kashmir with GB, it doesn’t reflect the aspirations of people of GB rather a historical context by which all of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, GB are bound by: the unresolved Kashmir dispute.
So until it’s not resolved, Pak-nationalist trolls need to hold on to their horses. And remember people of Jammu Kashmir are the masters of their own destiny, they shall not be dictated by the powers that be.
When a Kashmiri waves a Pakistani flag during the protests in Kashmir, he’s not just expressing his love for Pakistan but a conviction that he holds. But over the years, Pakistani media has shown grave indifference to Kashmir struggle. In 90s, the overarching Pak narrative on Kashmir (songs and news updates) became a daily affair for a common Pakistani citizen.
Today, it hardly makes in the news not even when massacres and terrible repression continues. 90s may have gone but it hasn’t gone any better. Even after this the pro-Pakistani sentiment exists in Kashmir. Love works in mysterious ways.
In Pakistan, Kashmir activism is seen as a ‘mullah’ thing. There’s hardly any connect with a much political conscious Pakistani youth. Yes there are many pressing matters at hand in Pakistan but the indifference is demoralising.
For this to change, youth from both Kashmir and Pakistan need to start a dialogue that ensures that the conversation stays alive. The fates of the their future are bound together. It’s only natural for the youth in Pakistan to express solidarity in real terms and lead Kashmir activism in its universities and schools. Like Kashmiris express due solidarity towards Pakistan throughout the year not seasonal to an event.
For far too long people of Kashmir have been told to speak only when spoken to, they are speaking out LOUDLY. It’s time to listen to these voices not anchors or ‘experts’ on TV news channels.