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This is Ingratitude, Mirwaiz Farooq

4th January 1999
Indian Express
By: Sultan Shahin

"Indisputably, Indian government is the known enemy of Islam and Muslims. It is trying its best to prevent the establishment of a big Islamic state like greater Pakistan in the Indian subcontinent and believes that Kashmir's accession to Pakistan means a fearsome Islamic power which would in turn help protect the Muslims."

Mirwaiz Omar Farooq

That you could make such wild statements while speaking to the Saudi journal Al-Madina recently without fear of untoward consequences back home is itself the biggest contradiction of your presposterous allegations. One need not say any more. But, Mirwaiz Farooq, you are a tragic figure in our minds and we feel great compassion for you. You were just 18 when your father the Mirwaiz was killed by Kashmiri militancy on account of his sensible, moderate views about Islam and Kashmiri nationalism. This thrust you in the hereditary position of the Mirwaiz, and led to your donning the mantle of the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference. But it also stopped your education and it now seems blocked your intellectual growth.

It seems rather foolish for someone to be sitting in Saudi Arabia and saying : "If Muslims are committed to Islamic Sharia they can form a great civilization world power". Can there be greater nonsense than this? Is Saudi Arabia not committed to Islamic Sharia? And is this American colony not "a great civilisational world power?" Is Pakistan, the country you want Kashmir to accede to, not committed to Islamic Sharia, at least since 1956? And is this IMF-colony not "a great civilisational world power?"

I must tell you Omar Farooq, in case you do not know, you are very lucky to be an Indian national and not a citizen of either of these "great civilisational world powers". Do you know what happens to Saudis who dare to speak a word against the Monarchy, which as you must know is a patently un-Islamic system of government? They are beheaded publicly without any trial. And what about the country of your choice, Pakistan? Right now the leader of opposition and former Prime Minister fighting for an exit visa from the country she ruled for two terms. Benazir Bhutto cannot even leave Pakistan, not to speak of living there.

Do give a thought to this face sometimes, Omar Farooq. You are the leader of a secessionist movement. You want to break up a country that hates your people and your religion, as you say, but allows you to go around the world and spew venom against it, to condemn it in the vilest of language, level whatever baseless allegations you want to charge it with. Is your country a greater civilization, a more confident democracy?

As a Kashmiri leader you must be aware of the plight of fellow Kashmiris in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. I was in Pakistan recently and happened to meet some ex-militants from Indian Kashmir in Rawalpindi. They had received their training in "Azad" Kashmir. It was what they learnt about Pakistan there that caused their disillusionment. As they said, "Azad" Kashmiris can't even apply for jobs without first signing a declaration stating that they believe in the idea of Kashmiri accession to Pakistan. The fact that the state of Pakistan forces them to say that means that it knows they do not want to remain a part of Pakistan. And why should they? Pakistan has already sold part of their land to China. It had no right to do so. It has handed over the entire Northern Areas of Gilgit and Baluchistan, two-thirds of the area under its occupation, to its armed forces. The other one-third has been designated as the so-called 'Azad Kashmir', but it is run by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs at Islamabad which is usually headed by a non-Kashmiri who doesn't even know the distance between Muzaffarabad and Bagh. It has an Assembly which doesn't have the powers of even a municipal committee.

You are indeed lucky to be an Indian citizen, Omar Farooq. It is nobody's case that all is well in India, that we have no problems of any kind. Yes there have been violations of human rights in Kashmir and elsewhere. Yes, there is intolerance in our society too. But we are free to fight against the injustices. You are free even to run a secessionist movement. Count your blessings too, sometimes Omar Farooq. Ingratitude is akin to kufr (disbelief) in Islam.

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