Indian forces have unleashed
attacks in Kashmir to eliminate freedom fighters;
Pakistani forces have been placed on full alert.
How do you view the events? And what could be the consequences?
- We should try to solve the problem diplomatically. If
diplomacy fails, the result is apparently war and it
seems inevitable. Pakistan and India will both lose
economically and west will be happy in seeing them go
down. No doubt Kashmir is a significant issue and Indian
forces are committing atrocities, killing and suppressing
innocent people. It was a great tragedy that the British
intentionally created a conflict so that both countries
fight and continue to fight for years to come thus
hampering their own growth. But we should think rather
than fight. India and Pakistan should understand that it
would be their loss if they can't solve this problem
mutually; both have to compromise to settle this issue.
- I don't understand why we Indians don't understand the
problem? Why do we want to hold Kashmir when the people
don't want to be with us. Being a civilian I don't
understand that if the people in Kashmir are with us then
how come we need 600,000 soldiers to combat Pakistan
army. The basis on which sub-continent was divided was
simple: Muslim majority areas become Pakistan and Hindu
majority areas become India. Based on that we should
honour our commitment.
- India claims to be the world's largest democracy but its
actions in Kashmir speak otherwise. If intervention is
justified in Kuwait and Kosovo, it is far more justified
in Kashmir. Indians must realise that they are fighting a
losing battle in Kashmir against a popular resistance.
India is in a no-win situation in Kashmir. Let the
Kashmiri people decide their destiny through a free and
fair UN sponsored plebiscite. Oppressors are always
defeated, so shall India. Freedom for all, freedom for
Masood Hassan Raja
- I think Kashmir should be demilitarised by both India and
Pakistan. So far there has been no development in
Kashmir. Kashmir can become a real tourist paradise, for
both countries. Both countries can earn millions of
dollars in tourism, money which will help beautify
Kashmir. Since both India and Pakistan are financially
bankrupt, and both have nukes, it will be a suicide for
both countries, putting millions of innocent people on
line. War kills; and we need to learn lessons from Iraq:
the country is in shambles, does the west care? No. I
think, there should be an immediate stop in hostilities
by both parties. Both nations should work towards long
- Being and Indian always I prefer peace in sub continent.
I am not against any religion. I have good Muslim
friends. The issue at LoC should be solved in a peaceful
way. If a citizen crosses the border of any country he is
treated as intruder: how come you are mentioning them as
freedom fighters? Freedom fighters are the ones who fight
in their country not across the border in another
country. If this is not clear then the consequences are
going to be very serious. So please avoid war.
- Pakistan should understand that both countries started
the race together on 15-8-47. Pakistan was in fact better
placed than India; most fertile part of Punjab and Sindh
was with it. Today India is far ahead of Pakistan in
every field of life. Pakistan could not even remain a
democratic state. India manufactures everything from a
needle to a satellite, whereas Pakistan has to import
almost everything. Even the missiles tested were actually
imported from Korea, though Pakistan boasted to have
produced them in Pakistan. If there is war today Indian
economy shall get a boost but Pakistan will go bankrupt
(if it is not already). Pakistan should not try to
compare itself with India as it is proving very costly
for Pakistan to keep pace with India. If a number of
Muslims residing in J&K decide whether Kashmir should
go to Pakistan or remain in India, then India can claim
whole of Pakistan as more Muslims reside in India than
they do in Pakistan. Indian nation was not created on the
basis of religion and can not be broken on the basis of
religion. Last, it is easy to beat Pakistan in game of
cricket and easier in game of war!
- Pakistan should respond to Indian attacks on Kashmir by
- Almost one billion people are affected by the situation
in Kashmir: 1/5 of all humanity, and many of them below
the poverty line. I think its about time the two
nations tried to bring an end to this issue and started
the process of healing. I for one am sick and tired of
people being killed in the name of religion, ethnicity,
land and language. We should learn from history. Even
though the European have had their differences, and over
the past centuries gone through several wars, they have
finally realised that by uniting, they can become a
force. I think Pakistan and India have been through wars
already, and hope that in my lifetime they come together.
When i think about Kashmir, only one solution comes to
mind: I think both India and Pakistan should declare
their respective Kashmiri region an administrative area
and let the area become a semi-autonomous region. They
should erase the LoC. I think India cannot allow Kashmir
to secede since it will set a negative precedence in a
country that is made of such diverse demographics. While
Pakistan has an obligation to help out the Kashmiris and
is doing exactly the same which India had done before in
the case of Bangladesh. Considering this situation the
aforementioned solution seems to be most sufficient.
Its much like the solution just reached in Kosovo.
I know hard choices have to be made, but they have to be
made when precious lives are at stake. As for calling the
Kashmiri freedom fighters terrorist and the US declaring
Pakistan a terrorist state, it is ironical. Its
like calling the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) terrorists
and the US (so called NATO) a terrorist state.
- We all are missing the point of these events. If you
study history very closely you can watch the trend that
whenever Indian and Pakistani politician face
internal(domestic) political problems they turn towards
Kashmir. In this particular case, I feel the time has
been well suited for both the ruling political parties in
India and Pakistan. Whenever corruption charges have been
slashed on the Pakistani premier he turns towards
Kashmir. I firmly believe the problem lay within
ourselves. Before pointing fingers at each other we
should correct ourselves. I sincerely hope that these
politicians will be accountable for their mischief of
playing with human lives before Allah.
- First of all for those Indian people who are saying that
they won't allow any Pakistani to take even an inch of
their land, guess what: we have already taken almost half
of that land and with the help of our God we will take
the other part too. The other thing is that it's not
Indian land; but even if it is, then why are Indian
troops killing people on their own land? Indians are
really cruel. Why don't you leave those innocent Muslims
alone and let them live on their own in their beautiful
- If ego had not been a question when Mountbatten wanted to
be the first Governor General of Pakistan, Kashmir would
not have been an issue today. It would have been a part
of Pakistan without any dispute. Thousands upon thousands
of Muslims would not have been killed during partition.
The legacy of ego unfolds. These events were carved in
stone when Mountbatten was refused. The event should
never have taken place. The consequences are, as usual,
grim for all parties concerned.
- The consequences were pretty clear last year, when the
Indian army tested its nuclear strength, and in response
to that, Pakistan had to show its capability in the same
aspect. Time and again India has been creating tension in
the region by keeping an aggressive attitude, whether it
is towards Kashmir or any other field of life; India has
been very possessive. While Pakistan, being a smaller
nation, has held itself together and has only responded
in an aggressive way when it came to its national
security. India started it in Kargil (Kashmir) without
estimating that it might create a situation that it
itself may not be able to afford at present due to
internal unrest of the government. Pakistan on the other
hand has had a positive approach to the situation (red
alert). It is quite obvious that Pakistan will not fight
at present as it is on a defensive stance, but India must
get it loud and clear that only for once if this nation
went on the path that India is walking on, India will
face drastic consequences.
- "Haske lia Pakistan, lad ke lenge Hindustan"
was the theme of every Pakistani speaker at the time of
partition. Pakistan has now acquired ultimate destructive
weapon atomic bomb and is in an advantageous position
inside LoC. For half a century Pakistan has been waiting
exactly for this moment. Let its military take the
present fight to its logical finish and conquer as much
of infidel Indian land as possible. No sacrifice on the
part of Pakistan in the name of this Holy Jihad is too
much. It will be a shame if Pakistan now turns back from
this golden opportunity.
- This seems to be a ridiculous attempt by Pakistan to draw
attention away from the domestic financial crisis. The
entire Kashmir issue that Pakistan raises is not logical.
India is a secular country. This is quite apparent in
various aspects of the entertainment business and various
other areas where Muslims excel. They excel because India
gives an opportunity to all. This can be seen with famous
film stars, cricket, media, government, etc etc. India at
large doesn't focus on religion. When the necessity of
Pakistan's creation can be questioned from these facts,
it is very difficult to see how Kashmir would not excel
within India. Once the infiltration of terrorists is
dislodged, Kashmir should be able to thrive within India!
What holds Kashmir from success is the constant
intervention by Pakistan. It can be seen that various
areas of India are now thriving because of Indian
infrastructure and a highly accomplished technological
community. It would be in the best interest of the South
Asian region if the current crisis is diffused and
maintained that way from now on.
- Being an Indian I won't accept infiltrators or terrorists
as freedom fighters. If they are really freedom fighters
they should fight in a legal way. They should know how
India and Pakistan got freedom from British people. Have
Indians or Pakistani bhais used guns, missiles, bombs to
get freedom? Pakistanis are thinking that Indian troops
are killing Muslims. This is not true. Don't we have
Muslims in our country? You know how safe are Muslims in
Karachi than in India.
Why can't we put this effort in a constructive way
instead of following politicians who try to hoodwink
people? Most people know that India is powerful and
technically more advanced than Pakistan. India can do
anything for Pakistan but I won't like that. We are
brothers. Can't you just remember how we both fought
against the British? Instead of fighting with each other,
we can show the world that we are better than anybody
else technically, economically etc.
- Gone are the days when Pakistan had to look over its
shoulder to see whether India was about to attack it or
not. If India launches a full-scale war against Pakistan
then Pakistan should launch a full-scale nuclear war.
This is the only way that we will deal with the India
problem once and for all.
Dr. Abdul Azim Khan Jalundri
- Do not put up a loaded question and force people to take
sides based on their nationalities. Look at the issue
from a broader perspective. In my opinion Pakistan should
spend its energy in the uplift of its own people:
Education, food production, industries, other basic
necessities etc. It should not waste its resources on
anti-India campaigns. If U.S and Canada can live as
peaceful neighbours (let me remind you that the British
army used to rule Canada before George Washington
defeated it in American war of Independence). But the two
sides did not allow hatred to come in the way of future
relations). If two Germanys can merge, why can't India
and Pakistan live together peacefully?
- Looking at most of the comments, I find it to be obvious
that Pakistanis living abroad would like to see a war,
whereas Pakistanis living in Pakistan are more realistic
and practical. In case of a war do you think that a
billion Indians would just lie down and let the country
- Just like any other forum, Indians are trying to portray
that, since India is more powerful economically,
militarily etc, Pakistan should not support the freedom
fighters and should not interfere in the internal affairs
of India? Well I got news for our Indian friends from
across the border. Can you answer the following questions
Who invaded and captured Siachen Glacier?
Who has been killing the Muslims of Kashmir for the past
Who supported the separation of East Pakistan?
Who interfered in Sri Lanka?
Who took over Bhutan and Sikkim?
Which country has disputes with all its neighbours?
And for all the Indian Muslims who are coming on this
forum and advising us, all I got to say is that when are
you going to wake up and smell the coffee? Lastly, by
shooting down the planes Pakistan has given them enough
food for thought what to expect this time around.
- I have gone through many opinions on this issue. Most of
them have talked about the facts. Mao-Ze-Dong once said
to the USA and by implications to the then Soviet Union,
that China is the only country which can survive a
nuclear war. On this issue, I think, both countries are
unduly over pompous over their newly acquired nuclear
prowess which , in case of a war, may not be enough
protection for one or the other. So hold it guys!
Qazi S. Aziz Akhtar
- Firstly I would like to say that it is really great of
The News International to publish opinions for and
against the current situation in Kashmir. I noticed many
views included were anti-Pakistani, anti-Muslim and
frankly jingoistic, all published in a Pakistani
newspaper! Debate is always healthy. With regards to my
personal opinions on the issue, I think that the answer
is very simple indeed, just ask the Kashmiris what they
want; allow the Kashmiris to vote and decide their
destiny, as per the UN resolutions.
- I have read the comments the Indians have written here
and elsewhere and they all prove that you know nothing
about facts. The Indian comments are highly biased
against Pakistan and are based on either sheer ignorance
or deliberate suppression of facts concerning Kashmir and
Pakistans internal affairs. The fact of the matter
is that India has been in illegal occupation of the major
part of Kashmir for 52 years. India flagrantly refuses to
implement numerous UN resolutions - to which it itself
has been a signatory -for holding a fair and impartial
plebiscite in Kashmir.
If Pakistan has sinned, then what virtue do you find in
the stationing of 600,000 Indian troops in Kashmir and in
the Hitlerian atrocities committed by them? India has
never co-operated in holding the referendum Nehru agreed
to in 1948-49 because at every juncture, since then, the
relatively small "pro-Indian" vote would be
humiliating. You can not accuse Pakistan of sending
"infiltrators" into Indian-held Kashmir as how
would you explain how infiltrators could cross into
Indian-held Kashmir in the presence of more than 600,000
Indian troops. Why has none of you mentioned that
Pakistan has advocated the deployment of a neutral
observer force to monitor the Line of Control?
Whatever the Indian claim, however, Kashmir remains a
"Territory in Dispute" under international law.
The four key points are:
-Indias creeping annexation of Kashmir was and is
-the Kashmiri people have the right to self-determination
in a UN-sponsored referendum,
- the Indians behave in Kashmir as an army of occupation
and have forfeited whatever slim claim they have to
Kashmir anyway, and
- most Kashmiris would, in a free vote, choose
independence first, Pakistan second and India third.
The Indians will no doubt continue to claim that Kashmir
is an integral State of India just as the French claimed
Algeria was a department of France. The iron law of
history is that colonial powers eventually withdraw.
India should cut its losses now and withdraw with the
little left dignity it has left.
- When Z.A Bhutto visited the Chinese in the 70's, it is
said that Mao advised him that neither Pakistan nor India
could win a conventional war. Simply put we must do to
the Indians what the Indians did to us in Bangladesh,
local insurgency to the point where India considers talks
to end the situation. This is something we need to
support as true Pakistanis after all the pride of the
nation is at stake, and we can not allow bleeding heart
liberals to get soft on this approach.
- I am quoting two Hadiths Mubaraka from Sahih Bukhari,
1) Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "Allah guarantees to the
person who carries out Jihad for His Cause, and nothing
compels him to go out but the Jihad in His Cause, and
belief in His Words, that He will either admit him to
Paradise or return him with reward or the booty he has
earned to his residence from where he went out."
2) Narrated Abu Musa:
A man came to the Prophet and said, "A man fights
for pride and haughtiness another fights for bravery, and
another fights for showing off; which of these (cases) is
in Allah's Cause?" The Prophet said, "The one
who fights that Allah's Word (Islam) should be superior,
fights in Allah's Cause." So the order of Jihad is
very clear, simply crush India.
Saudi Arabia (A Pakistani)
- [47.4] So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve,
then smite the necks until when you have overcome them,
then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set
them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves)
until the war terminates. That (shall be so); and if
Allah had pleased He would certainly have exacted what is
due from them, but that He may try some of you by means
of others; and (as for) those who are slain in the way of
Allah, He will by no means allow their deeds to perish.
[22.39] Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom
war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely
Allah is well able to assist them;
[4.104] And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy;
if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as
you suffer pain, and you hope from Allah what they do not
hope; and Allah is Knowing, Wise.
[8.60] And prepare against them what force you can and
horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the
enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them,
whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever
thing you will spend in Allah's way, it will be paid back
to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
[63.4] And when you see them, their persons will please
you, and If they speak, you will listen to their speech;
(they are) as if they were big pieces of wood clad with
garments; they think every cry to be against them. They
are the enemy, therefore beware of them; may Allah
destroy them, whence are they turned back?
- Having read some of the comments I wish to state a few
facts. Kashmir was purchased by the so-called Maharaja
for 5 million rupees. His grandson acceded to India when
Nehru blackmailed him with the connivance of Mountbatten.
Nehru conceded to the Kashmiris and the world, that he
would honour the opinions of the Kashmiris. The UN passed
a resolution that a plebiscite will be held to decide the
fate of Kashmir. The argument used by the Indians that it
has held elections in Kashmir, and that this amounts to
plebiscite, is too naive to fool anybody. India claims to
be the biggest democracy, then why is it negating the
right of the Kashmiris? The very fact that India has more
than half a million troops in Kashmir, proves that it is
occupying it by force of arms. History has proved that no
force can subjugate a nation for long. One of your
readers has written that whatever Pakistan has is
imported including 'Fatwa''. Some have suggested that in
a nuclear war there will be a holocaust. All I have to
say is that Allah is the sole authority that has the
power to produce and destroy. If it is His Will that
destruction is to occur by the new nuclear states then,
no force can change it.
Abdul Hameed Khan
- I wonder why Pakistan doesnt claim all the Muslims
living in India? It will make a lot of people happy. Then
we can talk Kashmir.
- I am a student from Pakistan and try to remain in touch
with the political situation in the country by reading
this newspaper on the net. I don't usually participate in
such exercises but I read some of the comments submitted
by people from all over the world. I have been here for a
year now and I feel that people have been so accustomed
to the biased reports by the Western media that they will
believe the worst of all Muslims without insufficient
proof. After 28th May 1998 Pakistan has become a strong
nation and can defend itself. I think we should now pay
particular attention to our international image. We need
to educate the rest of the world about Islam and show
them the true and unbaised picture of the current
situation in the sub-continent. Even the Pakistanis
living abroad are out of touch with Pakistan and its
politics and may believe the reports shown in the media.
Such reports show less truth and are effected by economic
and political views. So I think what we need is a
campaign to show the world what Islam and Pakistan truly
If Pakistan had not left the job undone
in 1965 we would not be seeing this day. Hindu fanatics
have never accepted Pakistan and there is no way they
will ever live like a peaceful neighbour. Pakistan should
therefore strike India with full force and capacity and
destroy their imported nuclear structure and teach them a
lesson which they cannot forget for centuries. Responding
to one of the opinions, Hindus do not have brains to make
bombs that is the reason they have got a Muslim doing it
for them. If this is not enough an explanation then pick
up some history books and find out our capabilities.
Anyhow Pakistan should and can only get out of this mess
if they follow the slogan of Tipu "It is better to
live a day like a Lion than a thousand days like a
- Pakistan is caught in a cycle:
1. It's economy is nearly bankrupt from time to time. A
stage it revisits every now and then because of the lack
of structural reforms.
2. The state of the Pakistani economy is so because of
- Heavy military spending (the support of "freedom
fighters" comes under this account head.)
- The expensive lifestyle of the powerful politicians.
- The lack of reform of the Zamindari aristocracy ...
politicians spring from here ... Bhutto, Zardari etc.
Unable to initiate widespread social reforms on a
- These politicians replicate a system of feudalism.
- Instead of realising Jinnah's dream of a friendly
neighbourhood, these feudal lords have festered in the
Pakistani masses the following feudal myths viz.
+ India is enemy number one.
+ Indians are basically anti-Pakistani and anti-Islam.
+ India is obsessed about "re-annexing"
+ Bangladesh is the "fault" of India. Mujib was
anti-Pakistan and pro-India.
+ That India must be made to "pay" for
+ That one way to do this is to regain Kashmir.
+ That Kashmiri "freedom fighters" are
justified because of the "two nation theory".
3. The result is:
+ Today Pakistan is faced with the growing clout of the
Taliban-like outfits and ideology that is beginning to
swamp its institutions and social fabric.
+ That these orthodox/fundamental groups may even begin
to swamp its core establishment viz. executive,
legislative and defence services is beginning to be
visible in the Najam Sethi case, the supreme court fiasco
and the Kashmir Kargil situation. Where even the
President of the country does not exercise control over
the Army and its actions.
+ That these forces have the potential to turn an
otherwise moderate, potentially progressive country like
Pakistan into a next Afghanistan, is evident every
morning when Pakistanis pick up the newspapers.
So what am I trying to say? Criticising for the heck of
criticising? Because being an Indian I love to bait
To set the record straight:
+ No people can easily forget the loss of their land.
+ Indians do not think of partition with fond memory. It
was for Indians, as it was for Pakistanis, a torturous
+ That does not mean that we dont accept Pakistan's
right to exist, or for Pakistanis to define themselves.
So jettison that thought. It is self-defeating.
+ It is a fact that as far as you look behind and for as
long as you and I live we will see each other... we are
neighbours. There is no escape from the limitations of
History, Geography and Culture.
+ Pretending that you are any different from us from
August 14, 1947 is futile.
+ Seeking a new Islamic identity manufactured and
artificially forged through the Middle East will not be
very satisfying either. Because in your daily life the
Islam that you practice and that they do in the Gulf is
as radically different as my belief as a Hindu with
another Hindu's belief in another part of India or
+ By all means pride yourself for being a Pakistani. But
would it not be more fruitful if we did so with
applications in social and scientific development rather
than by building war battalions?
DOES THAT MEAN INDIA IS A PERFECT HAVEN? NO AGAIN.
We know our limitations and we, like every other country,
make mistakes but the following things we take for
+ That we are a democracy and we intend to stay so.
+ That we do not believe in the two-nation theory. Hindus
and Muslims as others of other faiths and denominations
have existed here ... with or without problems, for over
a millennia and will coexist.
+ That Kashmir is not to us a burden because it is a
Muslim majority state but on the contrary despite the
last 10 burning brutal years it has been the best example
of secular social fabric anywhere in the subcontinent in
the four decades succeeding our independence.
+ That we have never been the aggressors and we never
+ That Pakistan's or any other neighbour territory is not
coveted by us. We have enough to defend.
+ That our size is a matter of concern to many... not
just our neighbours. But what in all honesty can one
expect us to make of it?
Unlike most Indians I have been able to interact and meet
many Pakistanis... young and old. It is difficult to tell
where they are from unless they state so explicitly ...
mein Karachi ka hoon, ..Sialkot sey etc. And I find it
difficult to reconcile the two mutually clashing
sentiments that occur in my mind when I hear the word
Pakistan. One speaks of perpetual animosity ... another
of a reconciled peaceful future. I have my answer too ...
we cannot persist this way. There has to be
reconciliation. War or no war ... there has to be
acceptance on both sides. We must press upon our
governments and demand "PEACE" which both owe
to the coming generations. And we will make progress...
- First of all I will ask Indians to stop posing as
Pakistanis with a Muslim name (can't even spell it right)
should stop that. Second, I think IOK will and must be
liberated like the AK. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan
and we destroyed the evil forces. India is not a fraction
of USSR and it will not be difficult to kick them out of
IOK. The question is: do we have the will?
- I read all the above postings and noticed that majority
of the people have no idea about Kashmir's history.
Please go to the UN site and read the UN resolutions.
People who were born and raised in India think that
Kashmir is part of India and the same is with the people
of Pakistan; they think it is part of Pakistan. After
reading it decide where Kashmir belongs. The only way it
could be solved is to make Kashmir an independent
country, or that both India and Pakistan accept the
present line of control and live in peace.
- These opinions come as quite a surprise to me that a lot
of Pakistanis don't want war with India. It's good to see
that there are a lot of level-headed people in Pakistan.
A war with India is a futile effort because there are
three possible outcomes and only two probable (nos. 1
& 3) ones
1. India wins in which case all of Pakistans
efforts in Kashmir are foiled again, till the next war.
Judging by the past, this seems to be the most likely
2. Pakistan wins highly unlikely but if
that happens, Pakistan gets at least some parts of
Kashmir. Something theyve wanted for over 50 years
for some god-forsaken reason. But was it worth it?
3. Nuclear war - India has got a size advantage here, and
Pakistan being the weaker country might try this as a
last resort. Will there be any winners or losers here?
Kashif Ahmed writes, "This might sound cowardly but
I don't think any Pakistani patriot wants us to be at
war." Well Kashif I dont think any patriot
wants Pakistan to be at war. Only crazed religious
psychopaths do, people who believe killing everyone is
all right as long as you do it in the name of Allah.
Should we be listening to these people? Wamiq is also
correct in saying that the aircraft should not have been
shot down (especially as independent reports confirm that
it was inside Indian territory when it was shot down). It
only serves in escalating the tension and shows that
Pakistan is only interested in nothing short of war. And
the killing of the pilot shows the worst violations of
international norms and barbarism at its worst. Did
Pakistan believe by giving a "fitting response"
(the favourite phrase of the Pakistani govt.) to India,
that India would stop the effort to drive out these
terrorists. I am particularly amazed at the fact that
these terrorists are called freedom fighters. By so
calling these men, who murder the innocent freedom
fighters, Pakistan is tainting the sacred title that has
been given to the millions of people in India and
Pakistan and around the world, who have fought for
"real freedom, for peace and justice". How can
you call people who go to villages late in the night to
round up Hindus and shoot them for being Hindu, freedom
fighters? And then Pakistan brings human rights into the
picture. Human rights? Has Pakistan ever seen its own
human rights records? Muslims are killing Muslims because
they belong to different sects. Shiite, Sunni violence
rocks Karachi almost everyday. And these same people
claim that they are trying to protect the Muslims in
Kashmir, what are you trying to protect them from
I am particularly tickled by Naveeds comments:
"Undoubtedly, Kashmir is a Muslim-rich state and
they want Independence from India." Most Pakistanis
seem to think that this is the crux of the matter
that because Kashmir is a Muslim majority state it
should be a part of Pakistan not India. Has any Kashmiri
told you this? Might I remind you that more Muslims live
in India (all over India) than in Pakistan? Muslims in
India enjoy as many rights as Hindus. And they have more
peace and security here. No Muslim lives in India for
fear that someone is going to come and kill him while he
is reading the Namaz! Kashmiri people are no different
from any other people. They want peace, security and
prosperity. And India has provided them with all that.
Which is why they are not fleeing to Pakistan and neither
are they taking up arms against the government.
All we are saying is give peace a chance. John
Anujit Das Gupta
- Good job! You destroyed two of the enemy's Migs and no
response from the cowards. They then allege Pakistan
killed their pilot. Pakistan should have killed the other
Hindu pilot and televised it.
M S Best
- They are all not in their senses, because devil is behind
them. Whether its Pakistan, India or Kashmir. I
pray God will open their eyes and let them know the
purpose of life. If Jesus will be in their lives they
will never fight like that, its all done by satan
who has captured lot of innocent people. May God open
their eyes and fill them with love and peace.
- I really appreciate your giving equal exposure to the
viewpoints of both sides. In fact, it is heartening to
learn that there are peace-loving Human Beings on both
sides who want peaceful co-existence. I am a
well-travelled Indian who has come across Pakistanis all
over the world: we have always met like brothers; felt
closer than any we would with people of other
race/nationality. Then why must we allow our politicians
to manipulate us in such a negative way? Its high
time the two great brothers put behind woes of the past
and united to face the challenges of the New World.
- Am I allowed to be judgmental about this issue, since I'm
observing from England not within the Sub-Continent where
it's all happening? I quite agree with "Ravi from
USA". The British ruled the Indian Sub-Continent by
the policy of 'Divide and Rule'. If Muslims and Hindus
had joined arms together they would have managed to drive
the British out by virtue of sheer numbers if not
technology. The British aggravated the religious
divisions, which may have existed even before they
decided to rule the Sub-Continent. And since then this
issue has grown worse! Will Muslims and Hindus ever
realise this division the British have created between
them and will they ever work together to put it right?
Neither country is economically stable because each pours
more than 60% of its income into the army. The same money
could be used to feed the starved of these countries and
build schools to educate them so that both India and
Pakistan can discard the label of 'Underdeveloped
nation'. The British did do a very good job of it then.
They made sure that our countries would be too busy
fighting each other to pay attention to economic
development. They made sure we didnt have a chance
- Muslims the world over (including India) should live
under Islamic Rule. Indian Muslims who live in the
illusion that it is alright to live under the non-Muslim
rule, should re-evaluate their stance under the light of
the Quran, the Sunnah and the lives of the 4 Righteous
Caliphs. Muslims have become slaves to economic forces
and the Western Paradigm -Allah only punishes those whom
He judges have gone astray from the True Path. Let this
also come as a warning to those greedy Pakistanis who
think that they are safe from the Wrath of Allah and
InshAllah the day will soon come when only Islamic Rule
and Law will govern Muslims. Allah Hu Akbar.
- Stone Age, Middle Age, Modern Age: Where are we now, and
if this goes on, where will we be? Use `IT', if you have
one and everything will be alright!
- India is far more superior than Pakistan. They have
indigenous technology both nuclear and conventional,
missiles and satellites. Ours is just a borrowed one from
China and it can be plugged off and stopped any time by
Chinese. China is realising the power and importance of
India and is trying to get closer to India now that India
can reach China with their missiles and Nuclear Arsenal.
Ethnic Indians dominate most of the superpower industries
and they are strong technically.
It's Pakistan which tortures and violates the rights of
Mohajirs, Sindhis and other ethnic groups in Pakistan.
Kashmiris in India were living a much better life than
most of the Pakistanis until Pakistan started sponsoring
terrorism in Kashmir. Be friendly with India and leave
India and India's Kashmir alone. India can wipe us out
completely. Its a bigger country and most of it
will be safe where as we will be totally destroyed.
- Much has been said about the dispute over Kashmir. The
current situation might spark many small clashes among
the two countries, if not a major war. Well, why don't we
accept the fact that both countries are making a big
mistake. On Pakistan's part, it is of no use if Pakistan
gets hold of Kashmir. If we just imagine what Kashmir is
going to give us if we win the war, we will come up with
nothing. Kashmir has the biggest industry of tourism and
it is not worth having a war and specially if the
citizens are dying of hunger and poverty. Leave the
emotional factor, as we have plenty of Muslims in India
living a good life. If Pakistan is playing a major role
in Kashmir it is all due to China's interest in that
part. If Pakistan gets hold of Kashmir, China will be
happier and more relaxed than when Kashmir is with India.
As for India, I would say that India is not fighting a
war. India is so much opposed to the independence because
it is a big country with many internal problems and
independence of Kashmir will ignite more freedom
activities in other ethnic communities as well. India is
also against the freedom because it holds a strategic
importance for the region as it is on the border with
China. Why don't we accept the facts that both countries
can 't afford this war. In fact, it is not our war. If
Pakistan claims that Muslims are in trouble in India,
there are 350 million Muslims living in India. If you
want freedom for them, get freedom for every one. The bad
thing about this issue is that, our politics is being run
on creating hatred in the hearts and minds of straight
citizens of both countries. The people want no war, they
want peace and love. The best solution to this problem is
not to go to war but to give the people of Kashmir, the
right of independence. The way Pakistan accepted the
independence of East Pakistan in 1971, similarly should
India follow the same footsteps. It is the only wise and
smart decision India is left with because history tells
us, you can't keep a nation under your rule if they want
Arif Karim Khan
- The present fighting has made the consolidation of peace,
a very necessary agenda between the two nations. The
present episode can be related to the 1973 Arab-Israeli
War when Egypt launched a major offensive against the
Israelis not to recapture territory but to restore its
pride. Because it was aware of the peace negotiations
that were soon to follow. In the South Asian context, the
same seems to be true, but Pakistan restoring its pride
and negotiating from a position of strength on Kashmir,
is still to be decided in the corridors of power. Nawaz
Sharif's proclamations that the calling for peace on the
part of Pakistan does not mean that it is weak, seems to
set the word right. In my opinion, the present escalation
of tensions will lead to a peace agreement between the
two nations on Kashmir. But before that there will be
some additional fireworks and thrill for the naive masses
of both India and Pakistan.
- It is really amazing that neighbours are fighting each
other. Now the other surprising fact is that there are
people (from both nations) who are in the US and other
nations who are telling people back home what they should
be doing. I sincerely hope the people of Pakistan and
India stop fighting and really do something about
developing their own mite instead of fighting and paying
dollars/pounds etc.. to the Americans, British, French
and others for military equipment. See the effect on the
West when that happens.. cant we become smart at least
- We started it again. We are confident but should not
underestimate Pakistanis. They are capable of taking over
the rest of Kashmir as well. We should be content with
what we have and live peacefully otherwise we know that
Pakistan has more capability than we have.
- In Hindu mythology any thing which can provide a benefit
or harm is a god. Snakes, rats, moon, sun, rivers etc,
are all forms of god according to Hindu mythology. After
blasting a nuclear device Pakistan has, as a matter of
fact, achieved the status of a god for Hindu India. It is
impossible to fight a god. I therefore advise Indians not
to try it. India will remain intact if Kashmir goes to
Pakistan. India will be stronger if the Kashmir problem
is solved, otherwise Pakistan which is an injured tiger
of 1971 war will eliminate India from the surface of the
earth. For Pakistanis I will say that if you are ready to
sacrifice as your forefathers were, not only will the
Kashmiris be emancipated, but it will also give a boost
to Indian Muslims who are living in misery in Hindu
India. More than 130 millions of Indian Muslims need
another Pakistan or Islamistan. I think the time has come
to have one for me and my brothers and sisters living in
- Under strict international law, the "intrusion"
of Pakistan-backed "freedom fighters" and the
Indian aircraft flying over Pakistani territory is
illegal. There is a thin line between freedom fighting
and terrorism. Therefore, the claim by India that they
are terrorists and the Pakistani categorisation that they
are freedom fighters, cannot simply be dismissed. The
inherent right of India to respond to intruders remains
with it, and action commensurate with the invasion is not
illegal. Similarly, flying over Pakistani territory would
inevitably result in an attack, which so occurred.
Nevertheless, thinking logically and objectively, both
neighbours must show restraint and patience towards each
other, given their hostile pasts. The mere assertions by
other writers that might is right is simply to be
disregarded. It is just the time that both premiers,
together with legitimate representatives of both parts of
Kashmir should sit and talk. Let us show the West that we
can also allow people to bring fruit to their wishes, in
so far as they do not breach general principles of
civilisation. We must, therefore ask Kashmiris which
part, if at all, of the border they wish to be. A
referendum, as in Quebec, Scotland, Wales, etc, would
seem most appropriate. We also understand that the root
cause was implanted during the time British left us
"independent". I am a Pakistani now, but the
land is Indian, if one looks at history. We are the same
race, if we do not act like one, at least we must think
like one. I would also disagree with many of my Pakistani
brothers who share extremist views; after all, Islam is a
religion which preaches peace and brotherhood to
neighbours and humanity as a whole. Nuclear capability
does not mean that we should start treating each other as
enemies forever. Pakistanis must never forget that India
has had bad relations with China in the past and it is
under great pressure from both sides. Furthermore, Indian
political arena, presently more unstable than Pakistan,
expects indifference, if not support, from Pakistan. Let
us live in peace, as we lived in times of 800 years of
Muslim rule. Let us demonstrate to the entire globe that
we possess talent, resources, patience, stability,
brotherhood, and development. Hinduism, Buddhism,
Sikhism, Christianity, and Islam, in their orthodox
forms, teach tolerance. Let there be peace, please!
- What India had done in Bangladesh, Pakistan is doing the
same to support the Kashmiri militants. This could be an
ultimate war between these two countries.
- I am in full support of Mujahideen and Pakistan army's
action in the Kargil sector of Kashmir. Kashmir belongs
to Pakistan and it must be returned to Pakistan. Recently
Indian newspapers said that 33 Indian solders were killed
by our Mujahideen but I am very sceptical about Indian
government claims of 500 Mujahideen having been killed by
Indian forces. I regularly read this newspaper and I have
not read any statement by the Pakistan government about
the death of our Mujahideen in action in Kashmir. Please
inform the people of Pakistan and in particular Azad
Kashmir, that more Indians were killed. Inshallah Kashmir
will merge with Pakistan very shortly.
- I am Muslim, but first and foremost is that I am a very
proud Indian. Living in this great secular country, I can
only feel sorry for Pakistan that they do not enjoy what
we in India enjoy. What is happening in Kashmir is
India's internal affair which Pakistan is meddling in. If
we had to go to war, the Muslims of India will be the
first to volunteer to protect secular and free India.
- I think India and Pakistan should make the LoC the
International boundary and settle the issue once and for
all. We make fools of ourselves in front of the world.
Ok, 65 happened, 71 happened, but that is history.
Lets make history by living as brothers as we
really are. Jai Hindustan, Jai Pakistan!
- Everyone seems to be concentrating on the Pakistani and
the Indian view of things. The United Nations, decades
ago, passed a resolution that there should be a
plebiscite for the Kashmiris. This should be the focus of
all discussions. This should be implemented. The UN has
been very quick to ensure its other resolutions are fully
complied with. Any particular reason for turning a blind
eye to this one?
Barrister Asker Husain
- I would like to request both the countries to stop this
war and do something in the interest of the nations.
- We know the Hindu nation very well as we once lived
together with them before Pakistan and now after we are
Pakistanis. Hindus must be punished for their actions.
Neither Europe nor America can stop them from their
foolish thoughts; only the Muslim nation can teach them a
lesson. Pakistan should try its best to solve the current
problem through dialogues. But it'll not be solved I
think in view of previous dialogues with India. If India
wants to fight a battle then its okay. I think its
a good time for Pakistan because India will be punished
by Mujahideen within Kashmir while on the borders the Pak
Army will never give them any chance to stay for long
Insha Allah. If any time India gets any chance to kill
Pakistan, she'll never lose it. We've a lesson from 1971.
Its a good time to give India a better reply.
- India has more Muslims than Pakistan and they are happily
coexisting with Hindus and they enjoy good equal social
status. Take Azar, Javed Aktar, Shabana Azmi. The four
Khans: Sharukh, Salman, Aamir, Saifali. And Dilip Kumar,
Zakir Hussein to name a few. Pakistan is intolerant
towards other religions. Corruption is at peak. Politics
is in deep trouble. The infiltrators need to be taught a
lesson or else Pakistan would spread this all over the
border that it shares with India.
- It seems to me that some of the extreme opinions
expressed by your readers emanate from not knowing the
other's point of view or accepting that the other point
of view may be rational, albeit one you disagree with.
Personally, I feel that Kashmir belongs to the Kashmiris
and both India and Pakistan should give up their
respective pieces and leave the Kashmiris to it. This way
neither India nor Pakistan will lose face, as each can
claim the other has given up its land for the sake of
peace as itself has....and the Kashmiris get what they
want, a united Kashmir.
- I want to ask those Indians who are saying that Indian
forces are so great and powerful, that if they are so
powerful why have they been so unsuccessful for the last
11 years to stop the freedom fighters? Remember these
freedom fighters broke your father Russia. Can you count
its pieces these days? India can't control 10 hundred
thousands Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir. Do you think you
guys have the guts to control the whole of Pakistan which
has more than 13 crores Mujahid? Indians feel pride in
saying that they are the biggest democracy of the world.
If that is true, give the Kashmiris the right to choose
where they want to live; if they choose India we will not
even spit on it.
- In my opinion, let both countries concentrate on their
economies, health, education and infrastructure, and let
Kashmir be free and develop as an independent country on
the map of the world. This is Jewish and English people's
policy to divide and rule.
Ashfaq A Memon
- Why can't both India and Pakistan co-exist peacefully?
Why should the people of Kashmir suffer?
Both our nations should concentrate on many other
important issues like basic education, shelter, food etc.
When India/Nepal and Pakistan/Nepal can co-exist
peacefully why can't the same hold true for
India/Pakistan? God save both the nations!
- I have three things to say: 1) Indian and Pakistani
people, whether Hindu or Muslim face the same day-to-day
challenges of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy...the
list of miseries is endless. The only way this can be
solved is through strong bonds of friendship between the
people. 2) Hindus and Muslims have shared the same
sub-continent for thousands of centuries, so those of
you, who think they can't, had better shut up. Hinduism
and Islam don't preach hatred, so don't misinterpret
their teachings. 3) It is really pathetic to see
bloodthirsty comments made by crazy, fanatical and
moronic Indians and Pakistanis living abroad. None of you
even know what's really happening or what the people
living here feel. Nobody wants a war. We desperately want
peace. The real reason for all this tension is all our
stupid, ignorant politicians who are living luxurious
lives on the country's wealth. And we have no control
over them. As an Indian myself, I would willingly shake
the hands of any Pakistani.
- Please stop this fight and try to live in peace. Now it
is more than enough. It will not end up good. Try to
learn from the past experiences.
- Pakistan should help Kashmir. They are powerless even if
they have to spend a lot. They shouldn't start the fight
themselves, but if India starts, they should answer them.
God will bless my country.
- Muslims and Hindus can never live together. Before the
British came to India, the Muslims ruled over India.
After the division, the Muslims went to Pakistan and
Hindus stayed in Indian. Kashmir was left as a disputed
territory so that the two countries can fight forever.
According the population, Kashmir is way more than 50%
Muslims, therefore it should be a part of Pakistan. But
it was sold to India. That's why both countries claim it
and both are right. This bone of contention was a cheap
move by the British so that we can never become a
In the current situation, Pakistan army has taken over
Siachen and moved into Kashmir, which is why the Indians
are so much agitated. But India can never win a war
because they are scared of Pakistanis. As for the people
who said that Pakistani weapons were all imported, they
should know that all Indian weapons are Russian made.
Pakistan has American-made weapons, known to be better.
India also has a geographical disadvantage. Even though
they claim to have powerful nuclear capabilities, they
can't attack Pakistan's one of the biggest cities. Lahore
is just on the border, which means that even if Indians
did attack, they would inflict more damage on themselves
than on us.
- I believe the people of Kashmir must be provided an
opportunity to decide their future whether they want
independence or to be a part of Pakistan. Furthermore,
inhumanity and brutality must be stopped without further
delay and the right to self-determination must be obliged
in Kashmir. The concept of might is right should be over
now. The international communities should take positive
action against barbarous Indian army, which is
responsible for continuous killing of innocent people in
Kashmir and India must be compelled to comply with the
United Nations resolution on Kashmir.
- Tit for tat; Indians leave Siachen, we will withdraw the
- Kashmir today is already divided in three portions.
Kashmir is with China, Pakistan and India. Why isn't
Pakistan concerned about China Occupied Kashmir? Pakistan
would be better served by using its resources to develop
itself rather than subverting the attention of the
Pakistani populace towards Kashmiri-Indians. Pakistan
should not forget it evolved from India. United we stand,
divided we fall.
- Both Pakistan and India should choose decent ways of
solving the Kashmir issue. Both of them can not afford
more wars. Just look at the economic and social
conditions of both the countries; it looks to me like an
immature and childish behaviour on the part of both
countries. Neither can win the war. Let's declare the
whole Kashmir an independent (buffer) state open for both
the countries and put all the resources towards the
development of this region called 'the third whole'.
Iftekhar Ahmed Khan
- I think most people on both sides of the border,
including me, like a peaceful settlement of all the
issues costing innocent lives and wealth to both and
dragging both countries backward. If you think about
this, the gap between developed nations and developing
countries is widening every day. They are going forward
and were going backwards. Who is winning? The
'Great Minds' (are they?) are winning, minds which
manipulate general public like you and me. They are
getting richer and richer, more powerful by the day. A
vast proportion of the public is suffering. Life for this
big proportion is getting worse by the day. The Kashmir
problem was intentionally left unsettled by the outsiders
who never wanted, and still dont want, the issue to
be settled. I'd like to tell both parties to sort that
out themselves without involving others. I believe it was
clearly settled but the keys to the doors were thrown
between the two in such a way that no one could get hold
of them. They knew it would initiate problems between the
two nations, which is why they killed thousands in one go
in the park. They knew we could never return the debts.
As regards superiority concerns, Id like to invite
Indians (with due respect) to get a grip of their senses.
Before you start building castles in the air just go over
the recent collapse of the Russian history and consider
the come back of the Jews. Russia has been a country that
killed millions of innocents to conquer the so-called
weak regions of the world to promote "equality"
at the power of the most advanced and deadly technology.
And it did manage to secure a degree of success, but for
how long? Today its public is starving. Just learn a
lesson from it and get life. You can't force people
against their will. You need to come down to earth and
face the facts and feel the reality. You are a nation
with slave minds who worship power and you torture the
dark skinned and less fortunate people (achoot) to get
underneath a white skinned feet for Aashirvard. You can't
even spell the word 'equality' properly and you think of
becoming a leader in the region? Sort yourself out first
and start learning to respect your own achoot brothers.
Give them a place in your society. Indira Gandhi
wouldnt shake hands with achoot and would wash
hands after shaking them with a Muslim. And you want to
promote equality, democracy? Your 'bunia' mind has been
exploiting the Kashmiri Muslims. Thats why no one
wants to live with you.
I believe it is imperative now that the subcontinent
(mainly Hindustan) is restructured for a durable peace
and harmony. Educated people (excluding 'great minds')
from all walks of life sit together and find a lasting
solution to the current problems. There must be a
plebiscite in Kashmir. I think Pakistani army has the
opportunity to show these confused Hindu minds that we
are more powerful now with literally no weapons than the
Hindu arsenal stocks.
I think we must show them what real power is once and for
all. After this inevitable victory, Pakistan faces even a
bigger challenge of re-educating these minds. They must
know that we can live in harmony only like frictionless
neighbours if not as good friends. But they must scratch
off from their 'great minds' the dream of being superior.
I sincerely hope things work out without a war and
Pakistani educators re-train these 'great minds' and
teach Hindus what humanity and democracy really are? Of
course only when we get rid of our corrupt leaders!
- Its a war against evil. We're proud that we're
fighting against evil. We're not afraid of the
consequences. We are doing our jobs. And we will get our
reward from God.
- These two countries need to fight a war, not with each
other but with economic evils to uplift their economies.
Religion preaches forgiveness not killing. We do not
regret being a colony for over 200 years, but are willing
to die, and kill each other. My hats off to Britain- what
a skilful set of politicians!
- Tit for tat .... for 50 years India has been torturing
and evicting innocent Kashmiris in order to turn the
feeble Hindu minority into a majority. Kashmir's
accession to India was illegal? What about Hyderabad's
and Junagarh's accession to Pakistan? History is a very
cruel thing. It never forgets. And of course there is a
thing known as divine justice. I think its
perfectly natural for the son of the soils (freedom
fighters) along with their brothers (fighting NOT because
of money but faith) to try to banish the Indian
infiltrators out of their beloved homeland...Kashmir is
an integral part of Hindustan? Oh yeah..ask a Kashmiri!
- Utter madness. I do feel sorry for my Pakistani
enthusiasts. You have got it all wrong. Hopefully you
know that India has more Muslims than Pakistan. India can
therefore never concede any part of its present territory
to another nation. Right of self-determination? Have you
given this to people in your country? Your army still
calls the shots! What should be the priorities of people
in both India and Pakistan? Fighting caste wars and
focussing on irrelevant issues like Kashmir, or raising
the standards of health, education, infrastructure?
Religion is immaterial. More material are the human
values, doing good to others and improving the life style
of people. The consequences of the present 'self created'
situation can only be more bloodshed and waste of scarce
resources. There are no WINNERS in such a situation.
- This is not a war in the name of religion or national
integrity. It is just politics, and murderous egotism
from all sides. The Kashmiri people may want
self-determination, but, frankly, if they want this, they
might want to consider first trying to develop a unified
agenda. Stop the bloodshed and pursue intelligent
dialogue. All the corrupt politicians on both sides
should be taken to the front line to fight it out instead
of getting the poor, misguided soldiers killed. Only then
will they learn a lesson. Please appeal to all your
friends, family and leaders to use their brains, hearts
and faith, instead of pride and hate.
- Consider another scenario: Region K has 90% people
belonging to religion M but has a ruler belonging to
religion H; the ruler decides that his region should
accede to country I but the 90% people of region K want
to accede with country P, and keep on reiterating their
demand 50 years after the accession of region K to
country I, and in those 50 years of occupation country I
ends up in sending 0.7 million paramilitary forces to
control the 90% people of region K which they claim to be
their own. These troops torture, rape, kill, molest and
play genocide with the 90% people of region K. And during
all this the people of region K start an arms struggle
against the occupying forces. Now are these people
freedom-fighters or infiltrators. Your guess is as good
- I dont understand if Indias operation is so
successful then how come there are conflicting news from
the Indian army and the defence minister and how come
Pakistani/Kashmiri Mujahideen are continuously successful
in closing down the National Highway 1-A (life line to
Ladakh and Siachin)? Every day Indian troops kill 120-200
infiltrators and the next day the number jumps back to
600 Mujahideen. India is in big trouble this time. They
cannot go to the UN for they dont want to, and
because they cannot flush the Mujahadeen out owing to it
being very hard under Pakistani Umbrella. I think in
couple of weeks India will lose Ladakh and Siachen and if
you dont believe me then go read the Times of
India, which describes the Pakistani plan in full. I
totally support Kashmiri people and if India does not
want to solve the problem through the UN resolutions then
she has to face Pakistani aggression. I know Pakistan is
not a great country but dont underestimate us. I
think the Indian govt. knows that Pakistan is capable of
giving a befitting eply to every aggression of India.
Salam to all Mujahideen. InshaAllah Kashmir will be
liberated very soon.
- India and Pakistan are two countries which are forced by
the fact of geography to be two next-door neighbours.
Sooner or later, they have to recognise this fact and
learn to live in peace. The events of last six months,
such as the bus journey of Vajpayee and statements of the
Pakistani prime minister, created hope that the two
neighbours are beginning to realise the fact of geography
and trying somewhat to live as good neighbours. I am
afraid that the recent events in Kashmir indicate that
Pakistan have not learned the fact of geography. It is
futile to think on the part of Pakistanis that they could
ever take Kashmir by force. On the other hand, it will
achieve the same object if Pakistan worked for the day
when the political divisions will become meaningless, and
people will move freely across the present "national
boundaries" and live wherever they wish to in the
subcontinent. I am afraid that the Pakistani press has
also yet to realise this fact of geography. If it does,
it will not be jingoistic in its rhetoric.
Virendra N. Sharma
- I've visited your web-site. I appreciate your impartial
nature during the hour of crisis. I'm an Indian. Even
then, I never consider Pakistan to be my competitor:
Pakistan is nothing but the child of India. If anybody
loses his life in either of the countries, it's a loss to
all of us. Will the political leaders in Pakistan
consider this? Both the countries are suffering from
economic crisis. We all pray to God for a better solution
without a war.
- May be India is looking for another Shimla Conference.
India will not go to the United Nations for the Kashmir
problem, for it knows that it will lose Kashmir. Right
now India is flexing muscles before Pakistan, and trying
to capture some area of Pakistan or Kashmir to bring
Pakistan to the table like Shimla Conference, so that it
can get time off for another several years.
- I am an Indian and a Hindu. When I say that I respect all
Muslims as much as Hindus, I am speaking for most
Indians. The average Indian is sadly a poor man,
literally struggling for survival in rural India. He
hardly cares about Pakistan or its territory- and is
definitely not in favour of a war with Pakistan. The
middle class Indian, living in cities is too worried
about his job, children and their education to be
bothered about Pakistan and its insecurity problems.
Basically, those of you who seriously think that India
aims to occupy Pakistan are badly misinformed. And if
thats why you want a war, its a real shame. I
dont care whether India or Pakistan wins if we have
a war- too many lives (both Hindu, Muslim, Indian and
Pakistani) will be lost. Look, were not fanatics-
what can we do to convince of that? Im living
abroad temporarily, but Ive lived in India so far.
My children studied in school there and had plenty of
Muslim friends. We never found them different from us.
They are our neighbours and close friends. My message to
all Pakistanis is: Were youre neighbours and
we have exactly the same problems as you. Were not
better or worse off. So, why dont we co-operate and
show the world the hidden genius of our people? And could
you think positive like many Indians are trying to do?
- Dear brothers and sisters of India and Pakistan. We must
be happy with what we have do not ever try to grab
others property. Its from the holy books what
you follow. We need peace.
- India is not interested in implementing the UN resolution
that it signed, and had first called for. India is not
interested in an honourable peace. Muslims are commanded
by Allah to do jihad if an honourable treaty cannot be
achieved. And Muslims are like one body, when one part
hurts the whole body hurts. We all remember Babri Masjid
that Hindu fanatics destroyed in India, and the Indian
(Congress) government looked on and did nothing, and nor
have any successive Indian government made any amends for
that or arrested any culprits. And Indian police and
civilians brutally beat Muslims in India when they
protested that heinous act. In fact they arrested
thousands of Muslims who wanted to make a civil protest,
in India, at the anniversary of the Martyrdom of Babri
Mosque. We all know that the Indian government has
killed, raped and tortured thousands of Kashmiri Muslims
since they first started demanding that the UN resolution
regarding holding of plebiscite in Kashmir be held.
Indians, wake up. You cannot rule anyone who refuses to
And Pakistan has ballistic missile that uses solid fuel,
whereas the missiles India has use liquid fuel, and need
four hours to be fuelled. And Muslims believe, as is
written in the Quran, that Paradise is under the shadows
of swords. And we are not afraid to die. And in fact we
desire to be killed in Jihad. What about you?
- I think if we put a reality check, well find its
true that there are Pakistani officials and Mujaheddin
from Afghanistan in Kashmir, fighting for the Kashmiri
people. I just checked some of the articles posted by
both Indians and Pakistanis, and some of them are
ridiculous. The fact is that Pakistan is doing the same
as what India did to Pakistan against Bangladesh. I
always thought that Pakistan should take care of its
people first and then take care of Kashmir if it really
was interested. But, there is one thing that I know: that
unless the matter of Kashmir remains undisputed, Pakistan
will never be able to do anything. I hope we find a
leader who is capable of doing something in Pakistan,
unfortunately we have two kinds of leaders: Nawaz Shareef
and Bhutto, blood thirsty. I hope we can find a way to
get rid of them both.
- I am an Indian by birth, and came to Canada. Here I lived
with a Pakistani as a roommate for a few months; we are
now close friends. I have found absolutely no difference
with Pakistani and Indian culture or habits. Even the
grocery stores and restaurants in Canada have both
Pakistani and Indian stuff. Now when we hear about the
Kargil crisis, it is really a heart-breaking thing for
us. I feel very sorry that India and Pakistan are
indulging in war games even after 50 years of
Independence. The most terrifying thing is some
politicians (like L.K. Advani of India) and bureaucrats
(like Shamshad Ahmad of Pakistan) have used Nuclear
black-mail for a small piece of land. It appears that
these people have absolutely no common sense or any value
for humanity. They don't know one important fact that if
a nuclear bomb is dropped in either Pakistan or India it
means the same to both countries. It is just like a fire
in the neighbour's home- our home is at equal risk. My
suggestion for Kashmir problem is: A `United Kashmir'
should be formed of 3 regions (North, Central and
Southern Kashmir). The Pakistani army can remain only up
to the Northern Kashmir, the Indian Army can remain only
up to Southern Kashmir, the Central Kashmir should be
free from both Indian and Pakistani armies. The Northern
portion of the United Kashmir should be called Pakistani
Kashmir, and the people living in Northern Kashmir should
be given the option of dual citizenship of both Pakistan
and Kashmir, they can also work in any of the 3 regions
of the United Kashmir. Citizens living in Central Kashmir
are independent and will have ONLY United Kashmir
citizenship status, however, they can have the benefits
of working in both Northern and Southern Kashmir. People
living in Southern Kashmir should be given the option of
dual citizenship of India and Kashmir and should be
allowed to work in any of the 3 regions of the United
Kashmir. This way Indians and Pakistanis can live in
peace for ever and the Nuclear nightmare will vanish
forever. Both Pakistan and India are very stubborn and
determined to have Kashmir. A United Kashmir concept can
solve the problem and will satisfy both Pakistanis and
Indians, and their pride and ego will not be disturbed
- I read with a lot of interest all the rhetoric posted
here from both sides. It does serve no purpose for
humanity at large except a large scale devastation,
famine, and poverty. Let us analyse the things that we
have in common first before magnifying the differences.
Both the people have common ancestry, probably a one
genetic lineage (of course I am not talking about
fair-skinned products of middle eastern invaders),
similar eating habits, music and social customs. We also
display the same kind of greed to enrich ourselves in
western world. In addition, we exhibit the so much the
same demeanour in public that a westerner would have a
hard time distinguishing who is who. Moreover, we are
very emotional people with petty differences. Yet we seem
to have no problem working with each other in workplace
and business in the US and elsewhere in the West. What
are our differences? Religion and corrupt politicians who
will not hesitate to do anything to inflame the passions
and emotions of the citizenry. In my honest opinion, we
are not born with a religion and we dont certainly
take it with us to the grave. Nobody knows what happens
to all of us after death but one thing is certain that we
all are part of the same nitrogen cycle. So I urge people
on both sides to exercise restraint, introspect and come
out with sane solutions for time to come to save us from
the emotion driven ego and idiocy. We all need to act
fast to save ourselves from this senseless path of
annihilation. Like they say "mind is a terrible
thing to waste". Let the common sense prevail.
A proud and unadulterated son of the Indian subcontinent
Siva Prasad Kaipa
- Want to see how bitterly brothers can fight? After
`Jerusalem` its `Kashmir`. All what you call
`patriotism` is nothing but `terrorism`. Let these
shameless brothers fight....the world is watching this
live and free theatre to its amusement.
- My Pakistani and Indian brothers, please restrain
yourselves from a saga of destruction in both the
countries. Just imagine, for few miles of dead barren
land, we are losing billions of bucks and youthful lives.
What I feel, all the countries should respect other
countries borders and never encourage anybody to
take its neighbour into trouble. We have got thousands of
problems to solve. Let us forget and forgive everything
and start a new age of brotherhood. We are acting like
fools and doing those things which we teach our children
as "WRONGS". Let there be growth and peace in
this subcontinent, the most beautiful part of the world.
- If India does not respect its own commitment on
plebiscite in Kashmir, then it is high time that India
was taught to respect its own commitments. The best
option at present is that Pakistan should work hard to
make the world realise that Kashmir is a real
flash-point, which can lead to a nuclear war. A problem
which could not be solved in 50 years, inspite of two
wars and inspite of India's hard try to bury the Kashmir
problem and continue its occupation, the Kashmir problem
is very much there and alive. This fact alone proves that
there cannot be peace in the sub-continent without
solving the Kashmir problem. The sooner India realises
this, the better it would be for India. It is very
important for Pakistan also that this Kashmir issue is
solved once and for all this time, as prolonging the
issue is not in Pakistan's interest as well.
- India should better know that for a Muslim the death is a
better choice than life under their control. The great
freedom fighters are doing the real Muslim job and should
continue this. Their brother Muslims all over the world
will pray for their success. Pakistan being the neighbour
must continue their support through all possible ways.
Dr. Mohammad Rafiq
- Pakistan's stance on Kashmir is impartial. Pakistani army
and the whole Pakistani nation are ready to shatter the
Indian dream of supremacy over the sub-continent. Kashmir
is an integral part of Pakistan and we are determined to
defend every inch of our motherland at any cost. After
the shooting down of two aircraft and one helicopter, the
Indian establishment should realise that Pakistan is not
any other South Asian country that could be terrorised by
India. We are prepared to retaliate. Inshallah Kashmir
will be freed and Indian occupation will be over forever.
I am proud of our armed forces that are defending the
country and making the life of Indian aggressors
miserable. Salaam to Pakistan Army.
Najeeb U Khan
- India seems more powerful and advanced technically. And
India will definitely protest the terrorism in Kashmir.
So, both countries have to keep quiet and refrain from
sending terrorist in the neighbour country. Pakistan
should look at the results of past 3 wars and separation
of Bangladesh. Invest effort in becoming a developed
country. Both have common problems. Solve them first.
- Now, that Pakistan has established an assured nuclear
deterrent with its May nuclear tests against the Indian
nuclear blackmail by the 1974 tests, we can feel a lot
more comfortable about the military symmetry between the
two countries. Since, Kashmir is a basic part of the very
idea of Pakistan, I would urge the Pakistan military not
to stop now, and take the whole of the Indian occupied
Kashmir. The first time we did it in 1965, India
responded by starting a full-scale war. This time India
cannot; due to the nuclear deterrent, therefore we have a
clear advantage with a superior nuclear and missile
arsenal. I wish the Pakistan Army and the Mujahedeen all
the best-the prayers of the patriots are with you....
- Being a Pakistani patriot, my first response would be
that Pakistan should help the Freedom fighters. However,
this situation requires a lot more thought before any
action is to be taken. Let me explain why: Firstly,
knowing our previous track record we all know how easily
this situation could develop into a full scale war, as 2
out of the last three wars between Pakistan and India
were over the Kashmir issue. I don't even have to mention
the devastation, damage and cost (I mean human cost) of
war. Secondly, the fact that both Pakistan and India are
now nuclear powers makes the situation even worse, as
nuclear war could be very very devastating for both
nations and I can't even think of the death toll...
The point is that we should avoid war at all costs and
try diplomacy, and if all else fails, then consider any
hostile action (I think we've already done that...). This
might sound cowardly but I don't think any Pakistani
patriot wants us to be at war.
- Pakistan and India should get out of Kashmir and let the
Kashmiris get on with there own drudgery.
- As far as the actions of Indian forces within their part
of Kashmir are concerned, I would say it is their
internal matter. But the shooting down of two planes was
not necessary. The standard practise is giving a warning
to the intruder plane or sending a couple of bogies to
chase away the intruder, but definitely not to shoot it
down. It was an immature decision on the part of
responsible authorities. Being a Pakistani and true
Muslim, I still believe that adoption of peaceful methods
for resolution of issues is more effective.
- I fail to understand what either of the two nations is
achieving by continuing this aimless conflict. Why can't
they simply coexist? Is religion really that important
that we kill other humans over it. I thought that both
these nations share a history of thousands of years even
before anyone had heard of labels of religions like Islam
or Hinduism. When you are really one people with a longer
common history than a separate one (thousands versus
fifty odd) how can you not see the commonality. I think
just like all conflicts in the world based on religion,
creed and race, it is preposterous and unconscionable.
Shame on all the people on either side who congratulate
each other and celebrate the development of new and more
destructive weaponry. Do you not have any introspective
skills? All you are doing is reacting with all the learnt
hatred you accumulated over years of conditioning. It's
juvenile and self-destructive.
- Pakistan should be extremely alert, and not depend on any
other entity (USA,UN etc.) to do anything; they are all
lazy bumps and no good puppets of the US. I am ready to
give my life for my nation! We'll be self-reliant, fair
and do the right thing! May God bless our nation. Hope
India comes out of its false sense of securities. May
Allah bless the subcontinent with peace!
- Indian forces should be given a lesson by Pakistani
forces so that they never have courage to think about
Anwar A. Khan
- When something is imposed upon you then you have to think
properly and consult with others. After consultation,
take the decision. Once a decision is taken, then place
your faith firmly in Allah.
- Pakistan should be prepared, as India isn't going to have
a full-fledged attack on Kashmir but what I feel is it
shall be in Sindh and most probably from the sea, as our
navy is weak. Although it shall not be of any use but
what else can a frustrated man like Vajpayee do?
- I feel that sometimes the government has to take steps
that may be expensive, but yet have to be taken so that
the enemy can be suppressed. Europeans did nothing when
Hitler was building his army and look how he destroyed
them. We should take lesson from history.
Bilal bin Iqbal
- It is an open secret that these "freedom
fighters" are backed by Pakistan both morally and
financially. Our government, in an effort to divert
attention from recent follies at home, has encouraged the
"freedom fighters" to create trouble at the
LOC. India had no choice but to respond. It's about time
we realised that such adventures are very costly to our
country. We already have wasted more than 50 years
fighting over Kashmir and in the process neglected human
development in Pakistan.
- I see a lot of people writing in this forum about the
Muslim world, Hindu World etc...Only a mean-minded people
can say so. Actually there is no such Muslim world or
Hindu world. All people living on earth have one common
world and they must learn to share it and live
peacefully. That's humanity. Whether it is a Muslim life
or a Hindu life that is lost. A life lost is lost forever
and that is important. More Important is that we must not
be prepared to lose anyone's life. Life is important
whether it is Muslim's, Hindu's or Christian's.
- I just want to know from anybody on this forum whether we
have the military might to encounter India. Can anybody
please answer this question? What is the whole Kashmir
issue about? How can we claim to support the rights of
Muslims when I step out of my home worried that I will be
killed by a Shiite terrorist here in Karachi itself? A
group of Shiite were killed right after Namaz the other
day, and we claim we're protecting Muslims! Don't we know
that there are more Muslims in India than here in our
land? Can anybody please clarify this issue?
- As an Indian reading this page, I feel that this is
escalating the propaganda and instead of going into the
21st century promoting world peace we are all in the
wrong to resort to aggression. The answers lie in us, the
peoples of two nations with the same culture, uniting and
fighting the propaganda that politicians on both sides of
the border have encouraged. The political systems in both
nations unfortunately subscribe to bribes, corruption,
and eventually they are all fighting for power so as to
make money once they reach the 'gaddi' (throne). We, the
people, must unite in saying that this is not what we
want; that it is this corruption that has been milking
our respective economies dry! The price of the Pakistani
rupee to the Pound Sterling has reached nearly PkRs.100
to £1, and the Indian Rupee suffers the same plight at
InRs.73 to £1.
A declaration of war is the last thing we need when our
respective economies are in a shambles. We have wasted
enough money on nuclear-armaments when we have children
starving, undernourished and dying of cholera and
unsanitary conditions. Is this what we want for a future?
Is this antagonism towards one another, and escalation of
poverty all we can offer to our future generations? Where
is the humanness that made us proud to be people of the
Asian culture where we would sleep hungry but would serve
our last morsel of food to a guest? Western influences
have taken their toll and ideas of aggression and the use
of force have gotten us no where as has been proven by
the two wars between Pakistan and India in the last 50
What are we fighting over? Glaciers on a map, territory
that is so far above sea level that the soldiers have to
change their shifts every 4 - 6 hours as any greater
length of time would result in frost-bite! That's what we
are fighting over! Why can't we say that it is our
territory? The re-unification of Germany and the falling
of the Berlin Wall should be inspiration to us, that
united we can take the world on! We can be a 'Super
Power' in our own right, and this would be the cure for
our ailing economy, if we would move on and grow. The
British planted their ideas of division, the politicians
have subsequently added fuel to this fire and we are the
ones burning. Is this what we really want?
- It will be a full-scale war and the people having a false
sense of pride most probably might use the nuclear bombs
because of the pressure on politicians. I can say it's
going to be very interesting.
- Whoever calls Kashmiri terrorists freedom fighters needs
to re-evaluate his perspective. Freedom fighters don't
kill innocent civilians, women and children. If they are
fighters then come out in open and fight a war with the
military that represents the government against which
they are fighting. If they win Kashmir it is theirs; if
they lose, then six feet underground is their place. As
far as this episode is concerned, let's settle this down
forever. If India and Pakistan want to go to war, so be
it. One suggestion: go with all your might and finish the
job in hand forever. Let there be no mistake that in war
Size does Matter. If Pakistan wins then it will become
the most powerful country in Asia. If India wins then
there will be a part of Earth formerly called Pakistan
that will be "uninhabitable for next 10,000 years or
may be an Ocean". Here is my suggestion to the Hawks
on both sides, "Finish the job once and
forever" but spare the innocent civilians who are
caught between the cross fire.
- I will not say it is a right decision of the Indian
government to attack Muslim Mujahideen, who are fighting
for the independence of Kashmir. Indians should go back
and look at history: how did they take Kashmir at the
time of Partition? Undoubtedly, Kashmir is a Muslim-rich
state and they want Independence from India. Question
arises here: who wants to leave Kashmir? No one; neither
India nor Pakistan. What is the solution then? In my
opinion, leaders of both countries should sit together
and discuss the reality of Kashmir being an Independent
country. It will be difficult for both countries to see
Kashmir as a new country but this is the only solution.
India and Pakistan should put efforts on the uplift of
their people. The money they will save by cutting down
their defence budget can be used on building houses for
homeless people of Pakistan and India and establishing
new industries. While seeing that Pakistanis and Indians
are working in all developed countries and making them
more developed then why not we (Indians and Pakistanis)
force our leaders to work towards economic growth rather
than towards wars? Whenever the positive attitude comes,
it will be from the people of Pakistan and India. Hence,
we should work for a better and safe future rather than
ruining each other's resources. Will war be a solution?
No, both countries will go 50 years back in development
and down under... the burden of loans in case of war. So
Indians and Pakistanis should think carefully, what is
best for them?
- I am tired of India's imperialistic rule over the Muslims
of Kashmir. India should back off on this one, or this
can trigger the 4th Pakistan-India war.
- The events are certainly troubling, considering the fact
that on two previous occasions infiltration of militants
has led to a full-scale war. There could be war again
this time- although I hope that cooler heads will prevail
and both sides will back off. However, I think that both
governments have a perverse motive and would not mind a
war to divert attention from domestic situations- Sharif
to focus attention away from a weak economy, Najam Sethi
faux pax, etc., and Vajpayee because he is facing an
election in India in 5 months. If there is a conventional
war beyond Kashmir: The consequence - a stalemate with a
minor realignment of the LoC. The financial cost -
upwards of $10 billion for each country. Human cost -
perhaps 5,000 to 10,000 dead soldiers on each side. If
there are nuclear exchanges - then who knows --
widespread devastation in both Pakistan and India (though
enough people will survive to renew the cycle of hatred
and rearmament). Pakistan, being smaller, has a lower
strategic reserve, and will be likely suffer more in
relative terms, and thus more likely to use nuclear
weapons first. Although, the damage to India will also be
very severe, although large parts will probably escape
- Start a war and see what happens; nothing but pain and
suffering to ordinary people. When will the religious
fanatics realise that if Allah wanted to destroy the
other side, he would do a far better job and more swiftly
than you moron politicians, who are the real evil behind
all this. Does a new-born baby know when you burn him?
That he is dying for the right God, clear your mind of
hate and see that Allah embraced everybody in the Quran,
there is no stupid gods or religion only stupid people
who are blind and want to stay blind.
- We are all siblings belonging to the same race. We have
both been looted by the colonial powers for their own
development. The colonial powers are no more. But here
are we, still hanging on to the divisions of religion and
region. It is our votes that put governments into power.
So our opinions form government policies, directly or
indirectly. So as ordinary citizens, we must not engage
in rhetoric that does no one any good. China is truly a
much greater danger than any other nation in the region.
They have the ambition, and they have the ability, and
they have a repressive system that allows them to focus
their energies on any activity, especially weapons.
Recent American investigations have shown the Chinese
have systematically stolen all American nuclear secrets.
China can bomb both India and Pakistan to oblivion. Why
are we, brothers-not-so-long-ago fighting amongst
ourselves? I suggest that to save face, we can agree to
make the LOC our official borders, and we should rather
work towards economic development. It is obvious that
Pakistan is now a separate country from India, with its
own ideology and goals.
We can go our own separate ways, without having to kill
each other. And, as democratic countries, maybe
arrangements could be made to allow any Kashmiri on the
Indian side wanting to live in an Islamic Republic to
emigrate to Pakistan, and vice versa. Let us settle this
peacefully, end war, and promote tourism in Kashmir.
Imagine a Kashmir where tourists choose between resorts
in Pakistan and India. This would benefit the economy of
both countries, instil the right kind of competitiveness.
If we cannot live together, at least, let us live apart
- The states of Jammu, Kashmir, Junagadh and Hyderabad are
bloody scars on South Asia that will keep the wounds of
partition fresh for a long time to come. I don't see an
end to these problems coming in another two or three
generations. Although the chances of a full-blown war are
bleak, the bitterness and status quo will continue for a
few tens of years.
The ineffectiveness of the United Nations has become more
pronounced after the recent skirmishes. Not only has
Bharat made a mockery of UN's resolution on Plebiscite
for the last fifty years, the UN has also failed to
condemn Bharat for any of its actions. Despite the fact
that Pakistan has repeatedly asked UN envoys to witness
recent LoC violations, none has arrived so far. The UN
could have an interest in the escalation of this issue
rather than a peaceful solution. The dormant and biased
attitude of UN has not been of much help in a lasting
Kashmir settlement. I think it is the right time for the
Kashmir issue to go on top of the world agenda. Giving an
Islamic/Taliban/Afghan touch to the freedom struggle in
Kashmir would only add to Bharat's misery. It will
certainly unite the international Muslim support for
Kashmiris in their struggle while Bharat would become
- We are proud of our armed forces for shooting down the
intruders with indigenously made missiles. We are
thankful to Allah (swt) that He has given us the ability
and the potential to respond to the enemy in a befitting
manner. It is high time that Pakistan once again gave
India a lesson of 1965 to thwart its aggression and
Syed Raihan Ali Shah
- Freedom fighters! Very funny. Don't underestimate the
word freedom fighter. Pakistanis can never be freedom
fighters. What can Pakistanis do in front of strong
- It is a pretty stupid adventurism on behalf of our
country's myopic leadership to escalate situation rather
than try to cool things down diplomatically. Pakistani
economy is in a shambles, unemployment is rising and our
exports are falling. Judiciary, press and opposition all
have been removed by Mian Nawaz Sharif and now this
megalomaniac is taking our country towards a war which
will bring nothing but destruction and misery to all
those who don't have money stashed in Swiss accounts.
Leadership will fly to their London apartments at the
first sign of trouble. God save Pakistan and provide some
sense to warmongers controlling the government. And
please, stop calling uncontrolled mercenaries freedom
fighters before the culture of arms and violence spreads
even more deep into our society.
- Indian air strikes on freedom fighters are showing world
that Kashmiri Muslims and India can not be together any
more. I think this is the last stage of this guerrilla
war and I want to salute the Mujahideen who are fighting
for themselves with Jazba-e-imaani, and there is victory
waiting for them. This is very good that Pakistani forces
are on high alert, as this is going to be the last
conflict in Kashmir.
Zahid H. Syed
- I read all the opinions. I belong to Jammu and Kashmir...
sorry to say one of the most corrupt govt. establishments
in the country (India). I assume Azad Kashmir is not far
behind in this domain. Anyhow, it's funny who is fighting
whom. I'd say corrupt politicians from both sides firing
guns at poor soldiers. Why can't we be more civic, and
leave the fundamental vote bank aside. Let's not make a
mockery of ourselves and leave others to decide our
destination. Why Kashmir? Take the whole India. It would
be a great country. Live together.
Sanjeev K Spolia.
- Kashmir is an integral part of India and India has all
rights to keep its land free from intruders.
- Salaams to all. Pakistan does and should continue to
support the Freedom Fighters- as Muslims we're required
to. Kashmir, insha'Allah, will never be a lost cause. I
don't care if Kashmiris are independent or with Pakistan,
so long as they have been given the right to choose.
Nevertheless, Pakistan should always be there to support
Dr. Behjat H. Syed
Pakistan(residing in the USA)
- Pakistani forces should help the Kashmiri freedom
fighters. Do not leave them alone now when Indian fighter
planes are killing them. It's a very strategic location
where Kashmiri Mujhadeen have stationed themselves. It's
in Pakistan's best interest not to let this place go into
Indian hands again. From here the supply to Indian
soldiers at Siachin glacier can be cut off, which may
lead to an end of Siachin saga that was occupied by the
Indian soldiers in 1984. At that time Pakistani Airforce
should have gone and killed Indian soldiers. The UN
should intervene to end this madness and liberate
Kashmiri people from the Indian clutches. People in
Kashmir do not want to stay with India. When the UN
resolution is already there then what other solutions are
being expected by Indian and Pakistani politicians?
Lets be realistic and let people of Kashmir decide
their own fate.
- Are you sure they are freedom fighters? I think in Japan
it was thought to be that the people who died were
terrorists. And some how I feel that this is true. But
then it is quite a shame that poor countries like India
and Pakistan fight and that too for petty gains. The
point is that both the countries are to be blamed.
Pakistan thought that the present Indian govt., being a
caretaker would not take such strong decisions. While the
Indian govt. while sending war planes, felt that the
Pakistanis would not retaliate. Now where do you go after
this? Well it should stop some where. Because the present
financial conditions in both the countries are not good
to afford war. I say take a break. Or the consequences
will be simple. Both the people will be the ones to bear
the hardships of a possible war.
Ivan de Souza
- Kashmir is an integral part of India and India has all
rights to keep its land free from intruders.
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