On Friday, ‘Kashmir Hour’ is celebrated in solidarity with the Kashmiri people in Pakistan. In connection with Kashmir, public and private employees, schools and colleges and university students gathered at key highways to unite the Kashmiri people in various cities of the country, including Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
Imran Khan and his cabinet members were also present at the ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s House. Addressing the participants, the Prime Minister said, “Today all Pakistanis, whether they are students or employees or businessmen, stand with Kashmir.”
How effective are these types of government reforms and how much can they benefit Kashmiris themselves? Where questions are posed on social media, international relations and opposition parties appear to be divided.
How useful is expression solidarity?
These public events have different views on social media. Lawyer Rema Omar wrote that the media regulator issues instructions to PEMRA TV channels on how to cover the issue in Kashmir while the human rights minister is demanding that human rights organizations take notice of human rights abuses. While the government itself is organizing voluntary activities such as solidarity. How can Kashmiris benefit from such an engineered expression of solidarity?
Federal Minister Shireen Mazari writes about how dictation focuses on human rights organizations’ violations.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr. Faizat Mushtaq, of the Institute of Business Administration’s Social Sciences, told the BBC that the government-run demonstrators had said something strange. Democratic governments generally do not explain these measures, but they have no effect.
Dr Rashid Ahmed Khan, a political scientist from Punjab University, says he has the most unanimous opinion on Kashmir in Pakistan.
Dr Faiza Mushtaq says the government is protesting itself, but on the other hand, it is not up to the opposition and the public to exercise their freedom of expression and other constitutional rights.
“I think the protest has not been given much thought because such public events are of no use.”
Protest or social engineering.
Dr Faiza says the official protest cannot be called ‘Xenon Protest’. He termed such events as social engineering, saying that the effects of such demonstrations have lasting effects which have no lasting benefit.
Dr Rashid says that people’s opinion about Kashmir issue has made a huge difference. People want the issue to be solved, not politics. Since the Kashmir issue is under a lot of pressure from every government, this public pressure does not allow any government to use the opposition as a weapon. “Such events are aimed at avoiding public anger.”
What can the government do?
Dr. Faizah says that Kashmir is celebrated every year since the Iraqi war in Pakistan, since a new movement was celebrated in 1989 in Kashmir and Kashmir, but no results have been obtained.
“The government has to accelerate its diplomatic efforts. Protests and solidarity are the work of the opposition and the people.
Dr Rashid says the government apparently has no option at this time. The Kashmir movement is in Kashmir. He says Pakistan has to find ways to provide diplomatic and moral support at all levels of the movement.
“The opposition also has to go along and give the other parties the right to protest.”
Where do the Opposition and Religious Parties Stand?
During a public relations campaign in Gilgit-Baltistan last week, Bilawal Bhutto said the government’s actions on the Kashmir issue were still inadequate. He suggested that the government show greater vigilance on the diplomatic front against India.
“My grandfather and the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, had said that he could not make the mistake of sleeping on Kashmir and would fight for Kashmir for thousands of years,” he said.
In the past, Jamaat-e-Islami seemed particularly active on this issue, but now it seems that everyone is watching this situation from afar. However, Sirajul Haq, a wealthy senator from Jamaat-e-Islami, shared details of his party’s activities and meetings on Twitter. He took the stand that the opposition and the people do this, the government’s job is not to protest but to take practical steps.
Addressing a press conference a few days ago, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, said that human rights abuses were taking place in Kashmir at the moment. You need to specify your position. He also claimed that the rulers were leaving Kashmir to inform the people that this kind of exhibition was being done with Kashmiris.
Bilawal Bhutto criticized the government and said that it is a time when Kashmir needs co-operation but the government is worried about making and arresting cases against the opposition leaders. He also criticized the arrest of Nawaz Sharif without any punishment and expressed concern that something could be done against him.
Siraj-ul-Haq has demanded that the government formally announce the termination of the Shimla Agreement and remove the ‘illegal’ fence on the Line of Control.
Bilawal Bhutto, while pointing out the diplomatic flaws of Imran Khan’s government, said that the Indian Prime Minister should not be given any ‘responsibility’. Their barbaric measures need to be campaigned globally.