Mushaal urges PM Abbasi to launch global campaign for Kashmir’s freedom


LAHORE: Mushaal Hussein Mullick, the wife of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik detained in India, urged Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to launch a global campaign to highlight the Indian occupation of Kashmir by visiting the United Nations (UN) secretary general and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) besides mobilising support from other leading countries of the world.

“The government must run aggressive Kashmir diplomacy on war footing, otherwise precious time will be wasted. Islamabad’s response to Kashmir cause increased only when bloodshed in Kashmir increased, otherwise authorities are generally inactive and casual,” she said while participating in Lahore Press Club’s programme “Meet the Press” on Friday.

Responding to a question, she said, “The Kashmir committee of the parliament should be under the state and not under any political party since it has to effectively represent the state’s policy on Kashmir. Nawabzada Nasrullah had played a remarkable role as the committee head in the past.”

Responding to another question, she said that neither confidence building measures (CBM) should be the objective of the Kashmir policy nor the track two diplomacy, since India had never been serious in resolving the issue but had only tried to linger on to accomplish the demographic changes in the Kashmir valley to create Hindu majority in the historically Muslim state.

“Our youth, children and women are not shedding their blood for the sake of CBMs, visas or trade agreements. Such objectives would obscure the main goal of freedom. We only want freedom and this should be given top priority,” she said. “Modi has been mongering war to woo Hindu extremists. They only want to keep Kashmiri lands,” she added.

When asked that why the media never highlighted the massacred Kashmiri children as terror victims like it had portrayed Malala Yusufzai, she said that thousands of Kashmiri children, including girls were killed, wounded and blinded by pellet guns. She recalled the 13-year-old Kashmiri girl named Insha who was blinded by pellets and then her eye balls were gouged out by the Indian Army. She said that UN never checked Indian Army’s use of banned weapons like phosphorus shells and pellet guns against the Kashmiri children that left thousands handicapped. She said that the majority of girls’ schools were either made army camps or burnt down, forcing thousands of girls without education. Large numbers of Kashmiri youth including girls were maimed and handicapped.

She also announced the “Free Kashmir Campaign” across the country and requested support from journalist, intellectuals and writers to raise the issue of Kashmir. She told a questioner that she intended to visit Europe and US for mobilising support but was pressed for time and resources since she had to raise her daughter as a single mother and run Kashmir’s freedom struggle.

She said that she was a daughter of a brave nation and would fight for the cause of Kashmir which was nothing less than freedom.