Thursday, September 12, 2019

Stand for Kashmir

Kashmir has been under siege for more than a month now. I have been feeling helpless regarding the issue, because 'what can I do anyway to help?' If that is a thought you also are a victim to, realize that we can actually do something. We can raise our voice so the world notices. We can spread awareness on the issue. We can pray for Kashmir. I hope a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue is found, and the world realizes that it can not remain silent on injustice.

When you feel helpless,
Realize that you live in a day and an age,
Where you don't have to stand on the sidelines,
The most powerful weapon you can engage,
Is to raise your voice for the innocents,
Whose land has been turned into a cage,
Freedom shackled in their own homes,
Restrictions, curfews, an outright siege,
Kashmir now hauntingly shares,
Stories of horror, brutality and rage,
The world remains asleep,
Ignoring the atrocities happening backstage,
Raise your voice to wake up the world,
Let them open their eyes and themselves gauge,
Do they want their deafening silence on cruelty,
Be the story they want to leave on history's page?
Tell the slumbering souls of humanity to wake up,
Wake up world and stop this outrage.

By Amna Usman Chaudhry.

If you are unaware of the atrocities happening in Kashmir, please read my previous post here on some recommended international forums where you can find unbiased news regarding the Kashmir issue. Also note my emphasis on a peaceful resolution as soon as possible, because injustice should never be tolerated. Let us raise our voice to wake up the world on the Kashmir issue.


There comes a time when the option to stay silent is not an option anymore. In the ideal world, I would wish for world peace, no war crimes, no hate, peaceful living among all nations, especially Pakistan and India. Unfortunately the world is far from ideal at the moment, and though the intention is well, such a wish at this time might be considered wishful, bordering on naivety. I still stay persistent in my belief that all important matters are solved through rational dialogue, international intervention and not war.

The cruelty on Kashmiri people is something that the whole of humanity must stand up against. If you are unaware of the atrocities happening in Kashmir, please google Kashmir related articles on international forums such as NYTimes, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, the Guardian,  Reuters to name but a few. Those are all independent forums. Here is a great article written by Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan for the New York Times: The World Can't Ignore Kashmir. Please also spread awareness.

When you lay awake at night,
Unable to sleep,
It is because your Soul,
Can hear the screams of those innocents,
Whose only fault is they were born,
In a much coveted piece of land,
That looks like heaven,
With tales from hell,
There is not much you can do,
Except raise your voice,
So that Eternity can bear witness,
That though you felt helpless,
At least you tried,
Now is the time,
Let the world know,
What is happening in Kashmir,
Is wrong, a massive human rights violation,
An unforgivable crime.

By Amna Usman Chaudhry.

Let us raise our voices against all forms of injustice, particularly that happening in Kashmir. Let us also keep Kashmir and its people in our prayers.