At least three generations of Kashmiris have been suffering at the hands of the Indian Army. The atrocities committed have severely hampered the progress of Muslims in the region. Many leading the freedom struggle have been tortured, killed and kept in confinement. The referendum promised to the Kashmiri people have never been fulfilled in over six decades.
Early this month the violence flared up yet again when the Indian Army killed Burhan Wani, associated with Hizbul-Mujahideen. His death sparked protests in the Valley killing over 40 people and wounded hundreds of innocent civilians demanding their rights for a free Kashmir.
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In the latest string of Human Rights violation, the Indian Armed Forces are using pellet guns putting the life of unarmed protestors at risk and gifting them permanent injuries further imposing their dictatorial role in the Valley.
Last week, A Pakistani group by the name of ‘Never Forget Pakistan’ launched a social media campaign to draw attention to the Kashmir issue. Activist Muhammad Jibran Nasir is spearheading the campaign that has gained international recognition. The Indian media is not too amused by the kicking off this campaign and reporting has remained dull. However, the situation in Kashmir doesn’t seem to get any better.
Six days on, the campaign is still trending with hashtags #IndiaCantSee #LetKashmirDecide #KashmirKillings. The group’s posts on Facebook feature photoshopped images of Indian politicians and celebrities with injury marks on their faces. Photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, cricketer Virat Kohli and actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Aishwarya Rai have been used among others.
Never Forget Pakistan is running the campaign by the title ‘What if you knew the Victim?’ According to activist Jibran Nasir, the campaign is ‘not about jingoism’ but aimed at creating “empathy”.